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Sternbergia lutea
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Zones 3-10, 14-24, 26, 28-33
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Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Sternbergia lutea

Amaryllidaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Native from the western Mediterranean to central Asia. Golden yellow, 1 1/2-in. flowers, one on each 6–9-in. stem, appear in early fall; they are chalice-shaped at first, then open out to a star. Narrow leaves emerge with or just after flowers and reach about 1 ft. long; they remain green through the winter and die back in spring. Good alongside paths or in rock gardens or pockets in paved patios.

Plant bulbs in mid- to late summer, as soon as they are available. Set them 4 in. deep and 6 in. apart in well-drained soil. Where winter temperatures drop to 20°F (–7°C) or lower, protect planting area with a thick layer of mulch. Divide clumps (at normal planting time) only when vigor and flower quality decline. If planting cannot be kept dry during summer dormancy, grow in pots and move to a dry spot in summer. Don’t be in a hurry to repot; the plant blooms better when pot-bound.  

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