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Ipheion uniflorum is often confused with:
Galanthus nivalis Galanthus nivalis
Scilla mischtschenkoana
Native alternative(s) for Ipheion uniflorum:
Zephyranthes Zephyranthes
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Monarda didyma plant with Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' in summer in Moore County
Anemonoides blanda Anemone blanda, pink
Allium neapolitanum Allium neapolitanum

Ipheion uniflorum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
if-EY-on yoo-nih-FLOR-um
Description

The Spring Starflower is a bulbous perennial that grows up to 10" tall. This South American ground cover tolerates drought but should be kept moist during the growing season. In early spring, its bulb produces grass-like foliage and multiple flowering 6" stems with single white to violet-blue star flowers.  The plants grow in sun to partial shade, become dormant after blooming, self-seed and bulb offset to spread leading them to be useful in naturalizing lawns and under trees. This plant prefers a sheltered, sunny position with slightly moist soil.  Both flowers and foliage are mildly fragrant. Plant blooms in early to mid spring and produces masses of flowers on individual scapes. This plant spreads if left undisturbed. Plant in late fall and bury plants 5 in. to base of the bulb and space 2-4 in. apart, 10-20 bulbs per sq. ft.  These are excellent for use in rock gardens, lawns, and woodland gardens.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Grass-like leaves have a garlic/onion scent
  • Produces 6-pointed bluish white star flowers in spring.
  • Tepals have a darker central vein on the underside.
  • Has numerous scapes of solitary flowers.
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#white#bulb#deciduous#low growing#perennial#white flowers#green#spring bulb#purple flowers#blue flowers#understory tree#rapid growth rate#lawns#fast growing#perennials#non-native#woodland#naturalizes#blue green leaves#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#white#bulb#deciduous#low growing#perennial#white flowers#green#spring bulb#purple flowers#blue flowers#understory tree#rapid growth rate#lawns#fast growing#perennials#non-native#woodland#naturalizes#blue green leaves#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ipheion
    Species:
    uniflorum
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Argentina and Uruguay
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 4 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are star-shaped and solitary, salverform, 1 1/2" in diameter, salverform, and white with a blue tinge to violet-blue in color. Flowers have 6 petals that are shortly united, have spreading lobes, and have a dark central vein on each segment.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are grass like, basal, narrowly linear, somewhat glaucous, garlic scented, bluish-green in color, 10" long and less than an inch wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought