A spring gem for dry or moderately watered gardens in shade and part-shade. This long-blooming bulb from Chile and Uruguay sends up a mound of grassy foliage in autumn that persists over winter and begins blooming in early spring, producing a long succession of sweetly fragrant starry cobalt blue flowers through late spring, each atop its own 3”-6” stem. Multiplies to form a groundcover until summer when the foliage goes dormant. Also lovely planted under taller mid-spring bulbs such as ‘Tete a Tete’ miniature daffodils.
A member of the Onion family, the foliage smells like garlic when crushed (which makes it resistant to deer and rabbits!).
Succeeds in a wide range of soils, but like most bulbs, requires reasonably good drainage. Hardy to Zone 5, 3”-5” tall