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Asphodelus fistulosus

Asphodelus fistulosus
Asphodelus fistulosus
Family asphodelaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers white
Size 24"
Light sun

This plant is a few zones too tender to overwinter here, but luckily it can be grown as an annual. I started the plant in this photo in December, and it started blooming in the garden by May. Its cup-shaped flowers and candy-striped buds appear on upright stems emerging from a tuft of grassy leaves. They need to be observed up close to be fully appreciated; perhaps it is not worth growing as an ornamental, even though I'm glad I gave it a try and got to observe it doing its thing. This is listed as a noxious weed in some parts of the country, so I guess I should be happy that it doesn't stand a chance to proliferate here.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (17d; 9%G, 6-9d) - 35F (8w) - 70F (4w; no further G)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (19d; 8%G, 6d) - 35F (7w; 2%G, 3w) - 70F (no G, 2w)

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