The odd one out in the genus, Asphodelus acaulis is low growing and the foliage is in the form of a basal rossette. Attractive pink flowers in spring. This is a species that needs a dry summer to thrive so it does well in many areas, if you can find it.
These are grown from bulbs, and it is drainage that is most important. Its natural habitat is in the hills of Algeria and surrounding regions.
Very rare in Australia, yet suited to many of our climate zones, provide a free draining soil, some moisture in spring and these are easy to grow. Over time the bulbs will form a clump and can be divided when dormant. You can also propagate from seed, however seed is both difficult to find and to germinate.
Propagation is from seed, or by division of larger clumps.
Asphodelus acaulis – Summary Information.
- Height – Low growing to 10 cm.
- Spread – will form a clump over time.
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Well drained.
- Foliage – Deep green narrow.
- Flowers – Pink to peach and open trumpet shaped. Floweres are held well down in the foliage, however are not hidden.
- Flowering time – Srping