Synonym: Triteleia uniflorum
Flower color: white, blue-violet
Flowering period: April – June
Average plant height: 4 – 8 cm
Planting depth to base of bulb: 4 inches
Spacing between bulbs: 2 inches
Type of bulb: true bulb
Light requirements: full sun
Landscape uses: borders and rock gardens
This pretty bulbous plant can be found growing in the wild in South America. Surprisingly, its winter hardiness is good. Ipheion is not widely cultivated and thus not commonly used.
Like so many other bulbous plants, Ipheion cannot tolerate wet soil. Naturalization is possible, but one drawback is that the plant’s grassy leaves emerge before the winter season and then freeze. This has no negative effect on flowering. The shape of the flowers is unique: two wreaths of three petals join to create a star shape. ‘Wisley Blue’ has deep-violet flowers.