spring starflower

COMMON NAME: Spring starflower
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ipheion uniflorum
FAMILY: Alliaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Bulb-like perennial plant species. Clumping growth habit. Leaves green with linear venation. Leaf
tip rounded. Leaf not having prominent mid-rib. Flowers white, six petals (flower can often lose
one petal, thus appearing to have only five petals), on solitary stalks. Flowers three to four cm in
diameter. On the back side of flower petals, each petal has a purple vein from base to tip.
DESCRIPTION: Non-grass monocot similar to star-of-Bethlehem. Large white flower differentiates this species
from other grass-like plants. Growth in southeastern U.S. is very ephemeral, with the plant only
seemingly present for four to six weeks in February to March. Most practitioners do not notice
this species until flowering occurs in late February to early March.

Broad View Infestation

Broad View
Infestation

Broad View Individual plant

Broad View
Individual plant

Leaf Leaf

Leaf
Leaf

Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head
Flower

Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head
Flower