Asphodelus aestivus Brot.
Summer Asphodel, Common Asphodel, Tall Asphodel, Silver Rod
Asphodelus microcarpus var. aestivus
Color: White with brown midstripes
Bloom Time: Late spring
Asphodelus aestivus is an attractive perennial with gray-green, narrow, sword-like leaves up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and spikes of white, star-like flowers that rise above the foliage in late spring to an overall height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm). The 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide flowers have thin, brown midstripes on the petals and first open at the bottom of the spike and proceed upward to the top over a period of several weeks.
USDA hardiness zone 7a to 10b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Grow Asphodels in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Does not tolerate heavy, poorly-drained soil. Irrigate occasionally to very little in coastal gardens. Considered hardy to USDA zone 6. It tolerates temperature down to 14ºF (-10ºC). Great as a border or accent plant.
Propagate Asphodels by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or propagate by division after flowering. Although you can cut back flower stems after flowering the seedheads are attractive so can be left… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Asphodels
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