Asphodelus is a genus of mainly perennial plants first described for modern science in 1753 and commonly known as Asphodels.
Asphodels are popular garden plants, which grow in well-drained soils with abundant natural light. The plants are hardy herbaceous perennials with narrow tufted radical leaves and an elongated stem bearing a handsome spike of white or yellow flowers. Asphodelus albus and Asphodelus fistulosus have white flowers and grow from 1.5 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm) high. Asphodelus ramosus is a larger plant, the large white flowers of which have a reddish-brown line in the middle of each segment.
Growing Conditions and General Cultivation
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 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 seed heads are attractive so that they can be left.
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