Aphyllanthes monspeliensis (Lily Pink)
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Aphyllanthes monspeliensis (Lily Pink)

Lily Pink


Beautiful in bloom, Aphyllanthes monspeliensis (Lily Pink) is a charming perennial forming tufts of narrow blue-green stems with linear leaves reduced to membranous sheaths. Blooming in mid spring to midsummer, delicate sky blue flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), are borne atop the wiry stems. They open from papery bracts and are probably pollinated by bees. They give way to beaked, three-seeded capsules that split open when they are ripe. Native to the western Mediterranean region, Lily Pink occurs naturally in rocky areas where water is infrequent, sunlight is abundant, and summers are hot. It is a good choice for dry sunny rock gardens and sun-baked hillsides.

  • Grows up to 12-20 in. tall and wide (30-50 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in dry, poor stony, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils.
  • Great for border fronts, rock gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens.
  • No serious insect or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the western Mediterranean region.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 20" (30cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 20" (30cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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