Charming little bulbs from alpine meadows of Crete, Cyprus, and Turkey. They are among the first flowers to bloom in spring; each bulb produces a stem to 6 inches high, with six-pointed, starlike blossoms in blue, white, or pink, spaced along upper part. Straight, narrow leaves are a little shorter than flower stem. In fall, plant bulbs in rich, well-drained soil, setting them 23 inches deep and 3 inches apart. When bloom quality declines, dig and divide clumps in early fall. Plantings may also increase from self-seeding. Ideal beneath deciduous trees. Resistant to rodents and deer.
- Grows 48 inches high, with rich blue, white- centered flowers.
- Blue Giant is more vigorous, with larger blooms.
- Violet Beauty is more pink than violet.
- Most commonly grown species; often confused with other species.
- Stems typically bear one to four 112 inches., violet-blue blooms.
- Gigantea has larger leaves and larger blossoms; 'Alba' has white flowers larger than those of the species.
- Pink Giant (C.
- Pink Giant) has large pink blooms.
- Inch-wide violet-blue flowers with a very small white eye, carried 4 to 12 to a stem.