The Ides of May

Denise Marie Ortiz
Mon, 16 May 2011 09:35:23 PDT
Asphodelus albus looks interesting, how exactly is it messy? I find that almost all of the bulbs I have in the ground look messy when their leaves are drying out before they go back to being dormant.
> Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 09:07:43 -0700
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> Alberto Castillo wrote:
> >Asphodelus albus is a super garden plant for dry/dryish summer 
> >locations. Outstanding in borders.
> I would add the caution that it goes dormant, rather messily, in late 
> summer, and that it should be deadheaded both for looks and to 
> prevent its fairly enthusiastic self-seeding. If I decide to bring it 
> here, I'll put it behind something that will conceal its decline.
> Mature plants are very easy to divide when dormant, and seedlings 
> flower in their second or third year. Predators do not touch this 
> plant as far as I've seen.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon
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