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Wisley Blue Spring Starflower

Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue'

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Wisley Blue Spring Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower flowers

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower flowers

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Plant Height:  3 inches

Flower Height:  5 inches

Spread:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  syn. Triteleia uniflorum

Description:

Beautiful blue, star shaped flowers that are sweetly fragrant in early to mid-spring; grass-like foliage smells like garlic when crushed; a pest resistant variety, great for edging, containers and beds

Ornamental Features

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower is bathed in stunning fragrant blue star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid spring. Its fragrant grassy leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity extending to 5 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Wisley Blue Spring Starflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features