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Ithuriel's Spear

Triteleia laxa

Also known as

Grassnut, Triplet Lily, Common Triteleia

Triteleia laxa with ant by Wildfeuer (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of some purple Triteleia laxa flowers
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Ithuriel's Spear Overview

This is another versatile, low-growing, bulbous plant for the rockery or woodland garden. It looks exceptionally attractive once planted with other mixed perennial border plants. This species originates from open grasslands that dry up in summer, making it a perfect flowering species to plant in grass meadows.

Common problems with Ithuriel's Spear

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

    How to harvest Ithuriel's Spear

    The flowers are perfect for the cut-flower industry as they have beautiful bright flowers that open in succession on tall flower stalks​. Harvest the flower stalks just above the ground during the late winter and early spring months.

    How to propagate Ithuriel's Spear


    Seeds should be sown during autumn in shallow seed trays with good drainage. This is considered to be the easiest method of propagation as they grow faster from seed than division.


    Divide large clumps in summer after flower as the plant enters into its dormancy period.

    Special features of Ithuriel's Spear

    Attracts birds

    It attracts nectar drinking birds.

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees and butterflies

    Drought resistant

    This is a water-wise species that only requires additional watering in spring, only if insufficient rain water was received.

    Other uses of Ithuriel's Spear

    Grown for its flowers.