Saturday, 13 February 2016

Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop', 'Froyle Mill' & 'Wisley Blue'

Ipheions originate in South America but seem hardy enough, certainly providing invaluable early colour. They have a garlic smell when bruised that is not unpleasant.  I have a number of varieties. They do not like over rich soil, getting rather leafy and failing to support the flower. I shall grow mine in a more gritty soil in future, cutting back on the feeding. They certainly increase quickly. To show the various colours, here is 'Charlotte Bishop', 'Froyle Mill' and 'Wisley Blue', the middle one just showing colour.


  1. I don't know if you will see this, but do you think the whole plant has the garlic smell or only the foliage & only when it is crushed?

  2. The has a scent of garlic only when the leaves are crushed. No problem otherwise. It is an under-used showy plant in the winter. Just don't feed it too richly as you'll get lots of unkempt foliage. I love them.

  3. I love them too. Mine are coming into bloom.


And remembering .....

Our Front Garden, 14th August 2005