Spring Bulb: Asphodelus fistulosus

I don’t usually write about plants I haven’t grown, but I’m so starved for spring I started looking through some images thinking to do a post about early spring bloomers.

Asphodelus aestivus Vobulis

Instead I found some lovely images of  Asphodelus fistulosus (Hollow stemmed asphodel) from my trip to Morocco in January.  It took a bit of sleuthing to figure out what this plant was…I hope I’m correct!  It was blooming everywhere in Volubilis, a Roman ruin, in the northeast near Fes and made me so happy to see it thinking that spring wouldn’t be far away at home.  Boy was I wrong!

Asphodelus aestivus close upAsphodelus aestivus with ruins Vobulis

It is a weed there, so beware here, several states list it as a noxious weed and it is prohibited! There were piles of it pulled out from unwanted spots. A member of the lily family, it has a long bloom season and is shorter than Eremurus and much less showy, but pretty nonetheless.  I don’t think it will be hardy in most of NJ since it’s listed as hardy to -0 and this winter we had a few days below that!


2 thoughts on “Spring Bulb: Asphodelus fistulosus

  1. It’s always a wonder how something so beautiful like, Asphodelus fistulosus, could be such a pest but unfortunately it is even here in the United States. It made it on the USDA’s Federal Noxious Weed List and is a problem in the Southwest. It cannot be brought across state lines to try. Oh well!

  2. Thanks, Amanda! I added a bit to the piece about the database. Odd though, it’s hardy to Z8 and several Z3 states (Minnesota and Vermont) list it also which is weird. We have some lovelies here that are noxious weeds also particularly Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) that choke out wetland plants. Always good to know.

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