An avalanche of flowers in the spring.
Ipheion is a hardy bulbous perennial genus, which belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family. Originally from South America (Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil), it was described for the first time in 1836 by the Ottoman biologist Constantine Samuel Rafinesque (1783 - 1840).
Ipheion uniflorum is native to Argentina and was introduced as an ornamental plant to the United Kingdom in 1820 with bulbs collected in the Buenos Aires region.
The plant grows into a small clump of flat, green, shiny leaves. Its flowers, which have a light scent of honey, appear in January and last throughout the spring. Large white, blue-tinged flowers.
When the first summer heat arrives, the plant enters into dormancy and is programmed to wake again with the first autumn rains.
Ipheion uniflorum is easy to grow, free-flowering and is an excellent addition to an ornamental garden: in a rockery, along the edge of a raised border, in pots or troughs, or planted under trees or hedges.
You can plant it on its own as a sort of white punctuation mark or en masse for a dazzling display that will last for weeks.
Grow in sun (not too hot) or partial shade in ordinary, well-drained soil.
Synonym: Tritelia uniflorum, Tristagma uniflorum
John Lindley - Edward Botanical Register
- r vol. 23: t. 1921 (1837) -
- 9,5cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: white
- Flowering period: spring flowers