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.
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!
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!