Ipheion uniflorum is one of a number of summer dormant bulb originally from Argentina and surrounding areas. Related to onions and garlic the foliage does have a mild 'onion perfume'. Foliage is narrow and strap like, flowers are pretty mauve stars that appear in late winter.
Best used in a mass planting and they can make a very pretty border for a tree set in a lawn. A few cultivars are available including 'Rolf Fielder' a slightly darker, larger and bolder coloured flower than 'Wisely Blue'. Remember that these are summer dormant so in terms of display its really winter foliage and spring flowers and thats it.
Other Ipheion species for the garden include:Ipheion sellowianum and Ipheion sessile.
Ipheion species prefer a humus rich soil. Try growing Ipheion in a moist but well drained position in the rockery. A sunny position is best. Ipheion like to be left undisturbed, if needed divid them in late summer. Frosts can be problem.
Ipheion bulbs are available for sale from the following nurseries
MINIATURE BULBS & WILDFLOWER BULBS - Phone/Fax: 01423 542819
9 Greengate Drive, Knaresborough, HG5 9EN
Wide range of wildflower daffodils and tulipa, also alliums, anemones, crocus, eranthus, erythroniums, fritillaria, ipheions, muscari, and triteleia. Many beautifully scented and some flower from February to June. Mail order spring bulb specialists.
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