Asphodel – King’s Spear, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Asphodel – King’s

The classic
Asphodel is rarely seen in gardens although its interesting,
tall and stately spikes of yellow and white flowers
are of interest to garden lovers. The Asphodels are
variously catalogued as Asphodeline and Asphodelus;
the former genus is erect and has leafy stems, the latter
is stemless. In Asphcdeline lutea the flowers
are sweet scented and yellow, the stems 3 feet to 4
feet tall. The plants bloom in June. In Greece it is
wild and is always associated with waste places and
the dead. To us it has no such associations. The name
King’s Spear, is often used for this plant. There is,
however, another perennial, the Eremurus, which is called
by that name.

The Asphodels are excellent border plants, where they
may be grown in partial shade or sun. They are suited
to most garden soils.

The plants are readily divided in Spring or Fall. Seed
is advertised in some catalogs


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