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Ipheion bulbs

Has anyone successfully grown these bulbs? I can't say I have ever seen or heard of them before.  The flowers are a pretty pink, blue or white colour and I was thinking of buying some to plant soon for Spring flowering.  Any advice or recommendations please?

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    Hi GD2

    Ipheion uniflorum I think ; used to have this on my rockery years ago , (long since dismantled) ; simple star-like flowers I recall . My old rockery was in full sun all day , and caught all the rain and wind as well .

    They are quite hardy in the UK .

  • That's reassuring to know Paul, thanks.  They should grow here then, depending on position (sun) and soil. I love daffodils but I thought these Ipheion would make a refreshing change in the right place.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,161

    I grow this one:

    s://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/96528/Ipheion-uniflorum-Wisley-Blue/Details

    It's gorgeous and flowers early and for weeks.  I just love it.  the clump increases every year and doesn't mind dividing.  I grow it in sandy well drained soil. Here is a picture of it in March.

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    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • The blue flower does look very attractive Redwing.  I am concerned that my soil is rich and heavy - and yours is fine and well drained.  The white flowers are very attractive too - what are they?

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,161

    Actually it is the lighter flowers that are Ipheion.  They are in fact light blue but overexposed in my picture above. I don't know if they would do well on clay so I suggest digging in some sharp sand. The blue flowers on the right are Anemone Blanda Blue

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • He, He!  I did get that wrong, but I don't mind because I feel that the lighter flower is more exciting (just me?) and stands out very well against the soil.  Yes, my soil is far too heavy for them and as you suggest I will put some sand for drainage in the whole and surrounds.

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