Asphodelus albus Mill.
White Asphodel, Gamón-Blanco (Spanish), Afodill (Swedish)
Asphodelus albus subsp. albus, Asphodelus sphaerocarpus, Asphodelus deseglisei, Asphodelus deseglisei, Asphodelus ramosus subsp. albus, Asphodelus ramosus var. albus, Asphodelus simplex
Bloom Time: April to June
Asphodelus albus is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to 3.9 feet (1.2 m) tall. The plain stem is supported by fleshy, thickened roots. Leaves, which originate from the base of the stem, are gutter-shaped and covered by a waxy coating. They are up 28 inches (70 cm) long and up to 0.87 inches (22 mm) wide. The white hermaphroditic flowers are funnel-shaped, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter, and have six elongated petals. The flowering period extends from April through June. The egg-shaped yellow-green seed capsules are up to 0.39 inches (10 mm) long.
How to Grow and Care
Grow Asphodels in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. It does not tolerate heavy, poorly-drained soil. Irrigate occasionally to very little in coastal gardens. They are considered hardy to USDA zone 6 and tolerate temperature down to 14 ºF (-10 ºC). 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 seed heads are attractive, so they can be left. See more at How to Grow and Care for Asphodels.
Native to middle Europe and the shores of the Mediterranean.
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