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ASPHODELINE lutea

Image of Asphodeline lutea

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ASPHODELINE lutea

Plant Common Name

Asphodil

General Description

King's spear is a unique herbaceous perennial in the lily family native around the Mediterranean basin. The fragrant star-shaped blooms of golden-yellow appear on tall, cylindrical spikes in late spring to summer. These flowerspikes are contrasted by blue-green, grass-like spirals of foliage. After blooming, the fragrant flowers transform into interesting, green, fruitball-pods later in summer to fall.

King's spear prefers full or partial sun and any average, well-drained soil. These plants are also very suitable for maritime climates. Plant for added height and floral wispiness in mixed perennial borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes