Gardening Magazine

Plant of the Week: Asphodeline Lutea

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Position: Flourishes in full sun to light shade.

Soil: Moist well drained soil.

Flowering period: Spring.

Eventual Height: 1m

Eventual Spread: 30cm

Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a-9b

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Sub Family: Asphodeloideae

Asphodeline lutea is a deciduous perennial with a clump forming habit. From the blue green grass like foliage a flower spike emerges in early spring. The foliage is produced along the length flowering stems and is furrowed and narrowly triangular. In late spring it bears dense racemes of bright yellow flowers with large ovate bracts which are followed by shiny green seed pods. The flowers open in a seemingly random order and do not last long.

A. lutea is commonly known as Kings Spear, Jacob’s rod and Yellow asphodel and is native to the Mediterranean. Asphodels have historically symbolised death stemming from the Greek belief that there were great fields of Asphodels beyond the river Acheron in the underworld, where the shades wandered.

Asphodeline is derived from the ancient Greek name for the true asphodels, asphodelus, with lutea being Latin for ‘yellow’ or ‘saffron’.

Asphodeline lutea (16/05/2011, Paris)

Asphodeline lutea (16/05/2011, Paris)

The landscape architect may find this plant  when used in combination with other perennials and it is particularly attractive when planted in swathes.

This plant will tolerate almost any soil conditions; it will be happy in acid, neutral or alkaline pH levels, in loam, sand or chalk in a sheltered or exposed location but will not thrive in a north facing aspect.

Ecologically this plant will attract bees and other pollinating insects.

Maintenance: Requires no Maintenance, dead flower spikes may be removed in autumn. If the clumps become too large they may be split after flowering, from August to September.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Delta Responds to Me About My Complaint

    An update for all of you: after I posted my story two days ago on Monday about having filed a complaint with Delta when my seat next to Steve on a recent... Read more

    8 hours, 21 minutes ago by   William Lindsey
  • Mastering the Waves of Ketosis

    Mastering Waves Ketosis

    See the picture on the left below? The kids are wading into the ocean and aren't very far into the ocean. My son is getting smacked in the face by a wave. That... Read more

    8 hours, 48 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • DeBelle Gel Nail Lacquer - Sparkling Dust | Review

    DeBelle Nail Lacquer Sparkling Dust Review

    DeBelle Sparkling DustStay Connected I am a person who always loves to see her hands with nail paint on. My Love for Nail Paints will never fade away 💖 and... Read more

    9 hours, 19 minutes ago by   Niharika Verma
  • 7 Business Lessons You Can Learn From A 7-Year-Old

    Business Lessons Learn From 7-Year-Old

    Parents, it’s never too early to start nurturing entrepreneurial talents in your kids! As an active business advisor and angel investor, I’m convinced that we... Read more

    9 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Martin Zwilling
  • 3 Things You Need to Do to Protect Yourself from Ransomware

    Things Need Protect Yourself from Ransomware

    As we become more and more dependent on internet, the dangers coming from the cyber world are increasing too. You may rest in the belief that it won't happen... Read more

    10 hours, 21 minutes ago by   Jyoti Arora
  • Time to Buy Your Tickets to the World’s Largest Low-Carb Conference

    Time Your Tickets World’s Largest Low-Carb Conference

    This will probably be the world's largest international low-carb conference ever. Low Carb USA 2017 will be held in San Diego on the 3rd to 6th of... Read more

    10 hours, 41 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • What I Wore: Adventures in Style [Sponsored]

    What Wore: Adventures Style [Sponsored]

    As Gwynnie Bee's featured influencer for the month, they asked me to take an item from their collection for a spin that I would not normally wear. I like to... Read more

    10 hours, 50 minutes ago by   Wardrobeoxygen