Asphodelus fistulosus L.
Onionweed, Wild Onion, Onion-leafed Asphodel, Pink Asphodel, Hollow-stemmed Asphodel
Asphodelus fistulosus subsp. fistulosus, Asphodelus fistulosus var. fistulosus, Anthericum unilineatum, Asphodeloides ramosa, Asphodelus davei, Asphodelus dunensis, Asphodelus intermedius, Asphodelus parviflorus, Glyphosperma palmeri, Ophioprason fistulosum, Verinea fistulosa
Color: White or pale pink with a neat central longitudinal stripe of brown to reddish-purple
Bloom Time: Winter to spring
Asphodelus fistulosus is an annual or short-lived perennial herb with a hollow stem that grows up to 28 inches (70 cm) tall. The root system has a series of tuber-like parts at the base of the stem. The plant forms a large tuft of rounded, hollow, onion-like, up to 12 inches (30 cm) long leaves. The inflorescence is a panicle with widely spaced flowers. Each flower is up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) wide with six tepals, generally white or pale pink, with a neat central longitudinal stripe of brown to reddish-purple. Flowers are diurnal, closing at night in overcast or low-light weather conditions. Fruits are rounded capsules containing six seeds.
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. It tolerates temperatures 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 seed heads are attractive, so they can be left.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Asphodels.
This species is native to the Mediterranean region.
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