Re-post: Spring starflowers

25 03 2012

Originally posted 3.31.2009

These star-shaped, pale blue flowers with grass-like foliage are Spring starflowers (Ipheion uniflorum). This perennial is grown from bulbs and blooms in mid-spring for 3-5 weeks. Originating from Argentina and Uruguay, this plant naturalizes very swiftly, spreading by self-seeding and from bulb offsets. Often used in rock gardens and woodland gardens, they grow just 4-5 inches tall, and are perennials in Zones 6 to 7 (with mulching to protect from frost) and in Zones 8 to 9 without mulching. They can be grown in full sun to part shade, require medium watering, are low maintenance, and tolerate a wide range of soil types. They are blooming at Green Spring Gardens now.

I photographed these tiny blue flowers last year in mid-April at Green Spring Gardens. See how they look en masse here.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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25 03 2012
LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

this is one my favorite grass in the Spring…
Thank you for sharing again!

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maryrose

25 03 2012
Maggie L R

These are so delicate, so simple.. beautiful photo

28 03 2012
Les

They have naturalized here and carpet many lawns in my neighborhood. Thank goodness not many here are obsessed with the perfect lawn, otherwise the Ipheion would have been eliminated.

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