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Ipheion Genus

Flower of the Incas

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterDry

Description

Ipheion genus (Flower of the Incas). These are small spring bulbs. They will produce star-shaped pale blue flowers which are set among the grassy leaves. They are frost hardy and will prefer a sheltered situation in dappled sunlight and well drained soil. You can plant in the autumn after the flowering dies down for the summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Bulbs, Fragrants

Other common names

Spring star flower

Origin

Rocky sites of S. America

Interest and use

Excellent for pot plants (containers) in cold greenhouses.

Cultivation

Plant in autumn, after flowering, dies down for summer.

Propagation

Propagation is by offsets in late summer or early autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails may be problematic.

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