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 very 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 growing a hollow stem 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 takes the form of a large tuft of onion-like rounded hollow leaves up to 12 inches (30 cm) long. The inflorescence is a panicle with widely spaced flowers. Each flower is up to 0.5 inch (1.2 cm) wide with six tepals which are generally white or very pale pink with a neat central longitudinal stripe of brown to reddish-purple. The flowers are diurnal, closing at night and in overcast or low-light weather conditions. The fruit is a rounded capsule containing six seeds.
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
Native to the Mediterranean region.
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