Bursts of Star Shaped Spring Blooms!

Bursts of Star Shaped Spring Blooms!
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The following star shaped spring blooming bulbs are charming and easy to grow, which makes them a winner for just about everyone!
The first, Triteleia laxa is also known as Brodiaea, Ithuriel's Spear, Grass Nut and Wally Basket. They resemble alliums, with an umbel of little blooms that open in the early summer. They are 12-14 inches tall, and will adapt to dry soil in sun or partial shade. They grow best in Zones 6-8 and are hardy to about 22 degrees. Mulch heavily in areas where it gets below this if you want to try them, and locate them near a building for some extra protection. The flowers are a pretty sky blue, but will vary depending on location. You can also find a yellow variety that is very pretty. It's interesting that this corm was often called "Fool's Onion" to those that knew it well in the wild, because it resembled wild onions and was thought to be edible. One would just have to sniff to know it wasn't because it lacks the onion smell.

Ipheion uniflorum was formerly called Brodiaea uniflora, Triteleia uniflora, and Milla uniflora. How confusing is that? But regardless of its scientific name it is a charming spring bulb with 1 inch star shaped flowers that are violet with light centers. It does well in Zones 5-10 and grows to about 5 inches tall. Starflower, as it's nicknamed, does smell slightly onion-like, but this is a good thing since it helps repel small animals that like to dig up bulbs. This bulb multiplies quickly, and will naturalize. Consider using them as a ground cover or in the front of a flower bed. Use starflowers in rock gardens, under trees or in shaded sites that you need a little spring color. The bulbs are inexpensive and can be grown in pots as well.

Scilla siberica, or Siberian Squill, is a pretty bluish purple spring flower that has 3-5 star-shaped blossoms on each of its stems. It is the hardest of our three flowers today. It grows in Siberia, and if it can grow there, it can grow for all of us. It naturalizes very easily and is inexpensive. You can't get much better than that when it comes to bulbs! Plant them in small clumps throughout your beds without worry because the squirrels and other bulb loving wildlife don't like this bulb. It grows well in Zones 2-8, and likes sun or shade. It's a low growing flower at 4-6 inches and can be used much like the starflower above. Bloom time is April.

These three spring flowering treasures are easy to care for, and will give your garden a lovely burst of color!


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.


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