King's Spear (Asphodeline lutea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches (45-60cm)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Height: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2m)
Foliage Mound Height: 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm)
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Dried Flower
Pollinators: Various insects


Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2014 6:21 PM

I don't detect any fragrance from this flower, but then I can't smell sarcococca either, so could be my nose. The flower stalks stand well above the grassy foliage with no staking needed. They don't last long, perhaps 2-3 weeks, after which I cut the flower stalks down to the ground and just let the foliage carry on. The foliage is a grassy soft gray-green and is evergreen, although it gets a bit ratty looking in the winter. I cut it back to about 3" in the fall. Spreads easily but not aggressively.

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