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Asphodeline lutea

Asphodeline lutea

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King's Spear is an elegant Mediterranean native that is much loved by butterflies and other pollinators. Tall spikes of fragrant yellow flowers are held above glaucous grassy foliage. Flowers are followed by large round green seed pods.

Long-lived and easy to grow in any well-drained but fertile spot in full sun. Patience required as this plant may take a few years to come into bloom.

Zones: 5 to 8

Family: Asphodelaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 36 to 48 in.

Spread: 12 to 24 in.

Exposure: Full sun

Soil Conditions: dry, well-drained, average

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: Yellow

Native Range: Eastern Mediterranean

Image Credits:

Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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