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Asphodeline lutea

Asphodeline lutea
Jacob's rod
Asphodeline lutea
Still showing off its bluish mop in late November

Synonym(s) Asphodelus luteus
Common name Jacob's rod
Family asphodelaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers yellow (May-June)
Size 4 ft
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Blue-green grassy foliage, tall narrow flower spikes. It was at least three years before one of my seedlings decided to finally bloom. The yellow flowers always make an interesting addition to the late-spring garden, although the overall effect usually fails to really pop - the individual flowers on the spikes open seemingly randomly and don't last long, so that you never see blooms all the way up and down.

Jacob's rod
Interesting shiny-green fruitballs
Asphodeline lutea
Striking spiral leaf arrangement
Jacob's rod
I've tried to grow these from seed several times since moving to Texas, and haven't had any survive through a season – not sure what does them in. As shown here, they are strong-growing seedlings in late May

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F (75%G, 11-15d)
  2. Seed from NARGS '20/'21 exchange. Mild sandpaper rub, baggy 70F (87%G, 9-20d)
  3. Same seed as above. Liqht sandpapering, baggy 70F (100%G, 9-24d, with additional scarification required)

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