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Ipheion ‘Jessie’ (Spring Starflower)

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Ipheion ‘Jessie’ (Spring Starflower) is a small bulbous perennial with sweetly scented, star-shaped, deep blue flowers, up to 1.5 in. (4 cm), adorned with a darker stripe on each petal. Blooming in mid to late spring, the dainty blooms rise atop a foliage of onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped, light green leaves. Easy to grow, Spring Starflowers are best massed in sweeping drifts in lawns, planted under shrubs, along walks or paths, or in rockeries where these charming beauties can be easily admired. Regarded to be one of the easiest bulbs to grow. Plants go dormant by late spring.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall and wide (7-15 cm). Once established, it naturalizes well and comes back year after year.
  • Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
  • Best planted en masse in sweeping drifts in lawns or under deciduous trees. Also great in clusters in rock gardens or border fronts. Lovely in containers too!
  • Low maintenance, it doesn’t need weeding or deadheading!
  • Deer and critter resistant, it is virtually disease and trouble free. Watch for slugs and snails.
  • Plant the bulbs 2-3 in. deep (5-7 cm) and space 2-4 in. apart (5-10 cm) in fall.
  • Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame when ripe (cultivars may not come true from seed) or by division in summer when dormant
  • Native to Argentina and Uruguay

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Ipheion
Common names Starflower
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spacing 2" - 4"
(5cm - 10cm)
Depth 2" - 3"
(5cm - 8cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Pathways, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Ipheion ‘Alberto Castillo’ (Spring Starflower)
Ipheion ‘Rolf Fiedler’ (Spring Starflower)
Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ (Spring Starflower)
Ipheion uniflorum ‘Charlotte Bishop’ (Spring Starflower)
Ipheion uniflorum ‘White Star’ (Spring Starflower)

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Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ (Grecian Windflower)
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Ipheion (Spring Starflower)
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Ipheion
Common names Starflower
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spacing 2" - 4"
(5cm - 10cm)
Depth 2" - 3"
(5cm - 8cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Pathways, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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