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Spring Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum )


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This plant is native to South America and was introduced into gardens. It thrives well and has become naturalized in some areas. It was found growing in two locations in Bedfordshire - neither anywhere near a garden. It is a bulbous perennial, closely related to the Alliums. It is grown for its scented flowers that open in late winter and spring. The plant spreads naturally over time, making bold clumps. Leaves are green and strap-like though slightly curved inwards. Some stand straight whilst others curve. Crushed leaves smell of garlic. Flower stems are straight and green. Flowers are scented, star-shaped, with six petals facing outward. Darker at the tips, fading to pale blue/white at the centre, which leads to a funnel. Bright yellow stamens show at the centre. It grows in sheltered, semi shady positions. Picture taken near Elstow, Bedfordshire 23rd April 2006.

2nd May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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