Asphodeline

Asphodeline lutea

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What is Asphodeline?

Asphodeline is a perennial plants genus. It belongs to the Asphodelaceae family of plants. In 1830, the genus was described for the first time; Reichenbach made the new genus Asphodeline for A. lutea and other plant species. The plant is believed to have originated from the Middle East in countries such as Algeria, Italy and Iran, and the Mediterranean region.

The Asphodeline plant has yellow, starry and scented flowers. It also has fleshy roots and the plant grows up to 4 feet tall. The perennial plant does well in well-drained soils and flowers from May to June. It has grassy, blue-green foliage, with tall and narrow spikes of flowers.

Planted Asphodeline seedlings flower for the first time after three years. In late spring, gardens boom with the yellow Asphodeline flowers, giving homes interesting looks outdoors. Flower spikes randomly open, blooming for a short while before other flowers can bloom.

Asphodeline is a name modified from Asphodelus. The hardy, herbaceous plants, are distinguished from Asphodelus by their erect and leafy stamens. They have long racemes of yellow or white flowers. All the older species were described under Asphodelus.

The only species advertised in America is Asphodelus luteus. The culture of Asphodeline lutea is simple. It does well in any type of soil. Although partial shade is acceptable, Asphodeline flowers are often better in the sun. The plant is propagated by division.

Popular Asphodeline Cultivars

Popular Asphodeline species include: Asphodeline liburnica, taurica, lutea, damascena and meadow, among others.

Do you want to plant Asphodeline in your flower garden? Here are some tools and supplies you might need to start growing Asphodeline plants.