Family: Asphodelaceae
Common Name: Asphodel

Easily grown in the open, these herbaceous perennials have impressive spikes of funnel-shaped flowers which bloom (luring spring and summer. The species most often grown are native to the Mediterranean and western Asia.


A. acaulis, zone 9, grows to around 25 cm (10 in) and bears pink flowers in spring.

A. albus has white flowers, also in spring, and reaches 60 cm (24 in). The silver rod, A. cerasiferus, to 1.3 m (4 ft), bears large silvery white flowers throughout summer.


The hardy asphodel is easy to grow. Plant in an open, semi-shaded position or in a border. Propagate by division of the roots in autumn or winter.


Zones 6 to 8 for most.

Asperula      Aspidistra