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Flowering Stars

When perusing for spring bulbs this fall, consider choosing flowers that are star shaped.

A field of orange, wildflower tulips.

Photo: Marcos Vasconcelos Photography (Flickr)

The wildflower tulips is the perfect star shaped flower for your spring garden.

When you are buying bulbs this fall, choose some that will produce flowers that are star shaped. Not only do these plants have flowers shaped like stars, but they WILL be stars in your spring/summer garden next year.

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Some tiny bulbs to consider are the low growing wildflower tulips and ‘Glory of the Snow’ with starry one inch blooms. Taller options include Camassia that produces long straight stems bearing multiple star shaped flowers in upright panicles in shades of blue, cream, and white.

Camassias are tolerant of wet conditions in winter that cause many bulbs to rot. Also try the ‘Blue Danube”, which is dark blue with yellow stamens.

“Desert Candles”

The Foxtail Lily has very tall spires with hundreds of starry blooms that open from the bottom up in white, pink, yellow, and cream colors hardy zones 5-8. However, these lilies require good drainage year round so they are often called by the common name of ‘Desert Candles’.

Also experiment with the placement of alliums in your garden. These bulbs produce globes of starry purple and white flowers on naked stems and come in a variety of heights. The tallest ones make a very strong statement indeed.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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