Spring Starflower on grassy car park, West Bay, Dorset
Close-up of petals, anthers and stigma
Markings on corolla tube
Ipheion, Ipheion uniflora
April to May
It is scattered throughout southern areas and parts of
the Northwest. It is most common in East Anglia, around
London and along the coast from Kent to Cornwall and
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte which was introduced in the 1830s and known
in the wild since the 1950s.
It has become naturalised on waste ground, in churchyards
and by roads.
It is on the increase.
Spring Starflower is a bulbous, perennial herb, growing up
Flowers are up to 5cm across and white to pale lilac.
Cultivated varieties may be other colours such as deep
There are 6 petals making up the star. Each petal has a
dark mid line along its length.
There are 6 stamens with orange anthers.
The stigma is light green and capitate.
There is a corolla tube with purple-black markings running
up into the petals.
The leaves are narrow, green and slightly concave.
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