A picture of a Spring Starflower

Spring Starflower

Ipheion uniflorum

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

20cm

20cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Spring Starflower Overview

A member of the onion family that has simple, yet beau​tiful star-shaped flowers on short flowering stalks. It looks like it is quite a fragile species, but is actually a very hardy clump-forming bulbous plant that needs very little attention.

Common problems with Spring Starflower

Caterpillars eat the foliage so perform routine checks when the plant emerges in winter to ensure damage is low. Watch for slug and snail damage and deal with it with organic or purchased remedies.

Spring Starflower Companion Plants

Attractive companions are other "minor" bulbs such as muscari, dwarf iris, snowdrops and scillas, planted in drifts to provide complementary form and colour in springtime.

How to harvest Spring Starflower

Flower stalks are generally too small for floral arrangements, but being planted in shady spots can cause the flower stem to elongate. To harvest seeds, allow the seed heads to dry on the plants, then remove and collect the seeds.

How to propagate Spring Starflower

Division

Divide bulb offsets in summer months and plant them again 5 cm deep and 5 cm apart.

Seed

Sow seed in Autumn in pots or prepared beds.

Special features of Spring Starflower

Attracts useful insects

This species attracts bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

This plant requires very little water during its growing phase, making this species water-wise.

Pot plant

Due to this plant's small growth habit makes it a perfect specimen for any sized pot with adequate drainage.

Other uses of Spring Starflower

Walls, rock garden, can also be grown in pots.

Ornamental

Grown for the beautiful spring flowers.