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Sternbergia Genus

Lily-of-the-field

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Sternbergia genus (Lily-of-the-field). This genus consists of about 8 species of perennial flowering bulbs. They produce large, crocus-like flowers which appear in the spring or the autumn, and are related to daffodils. They are frost hardy but in cool areas grow against a sunny wall. They will need a hot sunny site in any well drained, heavy or light soil that dries out in the summer. You can propagate by division in the spring or autumn.

Characteristics

Perennials, Herbaceous or Bulbs

Origin

S. Europe, Turkey to C. Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their large, crocus-like flowers.

Cultivation

They will need a sunny site in well-drained soil, they should be planted against a sunny wall in cool climates. You can propagate by division in the spring or autumn. When bulbs die down and need warmth and dryness. Leave undisturbed to form clumps.

Propagation

Division in spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to narcissus viruses.

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