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Spring Star Flower

Spring Star Flower (Ipheion Uniflorum)

Pretty little, star-shaped, spring bulbs, the leaves of which seem to smell of garlic

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Its lovely I searched alliums and didn't find anything quite like this. Star-of-Bethlehem is similar, but no smell. That would be my best guess, though I haven't found a pic with the yellow center. Good luck. Someone will know. :-)

13 Apr, 2009


Hi Greenthumb, thanks for taking the time...I don't have any books but I will do an image google These are pretty much the first thing to come out in my garden and they multiply like crazy, although mine are contained in pots. They have long, straight, fleshy leaves and when it rains they look battered and bedraggled, then suddenly perk up again!

13 Apr, 2009


This is called Ipheion Uniflorum-Spring Starflower. I have some in a pot in my garden.

14 Apr, 2009


Lovely... thank you sunblest. I have a couple of pots too.... in fact everything in my garden is in pots... i'll add these to my plants list... you were right, greenthumb, somebody did know!!

14 Apr, 2009


looks like "super sized' garlic chives!! lol. you mentioned scented the flower have a sweet or pungent smell?

19 Apr, 2009


Hi Lori....

Yes it does smell of garlic...does that mean its edible? I think it is the leaves rather than the flowers and they don't really give off the aroma, you can only smell it when you touch them ....I do like garlic, but I prefer it in my bolognaise not on my patio!!

20 Apr, 2009

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