This charming bulb blooms in early spring with daisy-like flowers in shades of rose, white, and an intense purplish indigo. The plants, with lovely fern-like foliage, grow from 4 to 12 inches tall, depending on the variety. Plant them en masse for a swath of early color in March and April. Flowers and foliage die back relatively quickly so plant perennials that tend to emerge later in May or early June to fill the area.
Plant Type: narrow bulb
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: lavender
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established
Seasonal Interest: captivating daisy-like flowers in early spring
Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: orange, red, silver
Great Color Partners: blue, green, purple, white
- Culture Notes
- Best in full sun, but light shade is acceptable. However, more sun equals more flowers! No special soil required; however, it should be well-drained. These grow and flower in early spring when the soil is typically moist so watering is generally not necessary. If the weather doesn't provide adequate moisture, water as needed to keep the soil hydrated. After flowering the foliage dies back before the dry period and the tuberous rhizomes go dormant so they are drought tolerant through the summer.