The Q&A Archives: Koningin Fabiola

Question: I've received these bulbs from the National Arbor Foundation but have no information on planting depth, etc. What the heck is a koningin fabiola?

Answer: Koningin Fabiola is a member of the lily family and is also sold under the name Triteleia laxa. This bulbous plant originally comes from the warm regions of the United States, specifically California, and is not entirely winter hardy in other regions of the country. If your area regularly receives winter frost, dig the bulbs at the end of the season and store them in a cool place.

The funnel-shaped flowers are arranged in an umbel, the flower color of the wild species varies from deep blue to almost white. The plant will reach 18" in height and will flower in June when planted in full sun to partial shade. Plant your bulbs 4" deep and space them 8"-12" apart. They require excellent drainage, so amend the planting bed if your soil is heavy and poorly drained.

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