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Ipheion uniflorum (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Ipheion uniflorum (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Ipheion uniflorum

Spring Star Flower

Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers

An excellent choice for naturalizing, this bulb produces several slender stems up to 1 ft. high, each bearing a single, 1/2-in., fragrant blossom with six overlapping petals. Usual color is white tinged with blue, but variants include white ‘Album’, pink ‘Charlotte Bishop’, deep violet ‘Froyle Mill’, bright blue ‘Rolf Fiedler’, and dark blue ‘Wisley Blue’. All have narrow, nearly flat leaves that smell like onions when bruised. From Argentina. Use in borders, under deciduous shrubs, in woodland areas, or among low grasses.

In fall, set bulbs 2 in. deep and 2 in. apart. This plant prefers dry conditions during summer dormancy but will accept water if drainage is good.

Divide infrequently—plantings become more attractive over time as bulbs multiply. They’ll grow, multiply, and live happily in a low container for several years or more.

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