Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials
Native to the Mediterranean and southwestern Asia. Clumps of grassy, fleshy leaves appear in fall and live through cold and snow. Spikes of small, typically urn-shaped blue or white flowers (fragrant, in some species) bloom in early spring.
Plant in early fall, setting bulbs about 2 in. deep and 3 in. apart in well-drained soil. Plant in masses or drifts under deciduous flowering trees or shrubs, use in edgings and rock gardens, or grow in containers. Very long-lived. Dig and divide when clumps become crowded. Plants self-sow under favorable conditions.
From northeast Asia Minor. Dense spikes of bright blue, urn-shaped flowers top 8-in. stems. Folige is green and grows in clumps.
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Easy-to-grow Western natives that are related to phlox. Slender plants with finely cut leaves and colo...