Asphodeline lutea

King's Spear

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Hardy perennial

Flower colour




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Plant details

A handsome plant for sun or partial shade, with blue-green grass-like leaves and fragrant yellow flowers in late spring. These gorgeous star-shaped blooms are carried in long, dense, unbranched spikes up to 20cm (8in) long. Found growing wild in the eastern Mediterranean, it enjoys well-drained, sandy soil. In cold areas, protect with a dry mulch in autumn. Slugs and snails are partial to its shoots so take suitable measures against them.

Family: Asphodelaceae

Genus: Asphodeline

Species: lutea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: August to September

Flowering period: June to July

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Wonderful plant very statuesque at this time of year and makes a splendid feature. The leaf colour is rather like a carnation leaf

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