Have you bought all your spring flowering bulbs yet or are you, like me, just getting round to it? Either way, plant some of these & I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Part of the Allium family, so not actually an onion that you can eat, Nectaroscordum siculum is an ugly name for such a wonderful plant.
It’s lovely in all its’ stages, the cluster of flowers emerge in a tissue-thin covering, then the small bell-shaped pale cream/green flowers tinged with smudges of burgundy, eventually burst free resembling a dainty candelabra.
When the flowers have been pollinated they have a neat trick of turning upside down to become pale shuttlecock shaped seed-heads.
there are about 25 flowers on each stem flowering May-June
the 1m tall stiff stem, grows from a rosette of leaves
plant at least twice the depth of the bulb in sun or partial shade
in moist but well-drained soil.
Like all bulbs, leave them to die-back naturally to let the bulb store energy ready to flower again next year, a little organic, general fertiliser at this stage helps too. Clear away the leaves once they come away freely.
There are hardly any bulbs that i don’t like, but this is my absolute favourite, what’s yours?
all photos: Jill Anderson.