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Asphodelus albus

White asphodel

This lovely spring-flowering perennial was associated in Greek mythology with death, the underworld and mourning. Homer wrote that it grew in great profusion across the Asphodel Fields, the land of the dead, as the  tubers were a favoured food of the ghostly inhabitants. 

More recently, asphodel root pops up in Harry Potter as an ingredient in a deathly potion. Such macabre  associations are ill deserved as asphodel are beautiful specimen plants that burst into flower in early spring when there is little else to enjoy. 

They are best grown in moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. 

Grass-like, blue green leaves  rise up from fleshy thickened roots to form a basal clump of foliage. Flowering stems bear racemes of  star shaped white flowers  followed by egg-shaped, yellow-green seed capsules. Lovely.

£ 9.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Asphodelaceae

Hardy perennial

H4

90cm    

40cm    

Blue green    

White    

Fertile, deep, well drained    

Full sun

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