Dichelostemma congestum

congested snake lily

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection in colder areas)

    Tightly packed clusters of lilac-blue, tubular flowers, form at the tops of the tall, upright stems in early summer, just as the grass-like foliage is starting to die back. Thriving in a sheltered spot with plenty of sun and freely draining soil, it works well in both a herbaceous border or prairie style setting.

  • Garden care: Plant corms 10cm deep in autumn in well-drained soil. Keep dry after flowering and apply a generous layer of insulating mulch around the crown in autumn to keep it warm. In colder areas, it may be best to pot it up so it can be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse.

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  • Q:

    I would like to know how this lovely flower does as a cut flower - I'm stocking my new cutting garden and would love to include it if it's suitable, thanks.
    Asked on 24/10/2013 by Lizan from Kent

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      Hello there
      Yes I believe this flower works well as a cut flower.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 25/10/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
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