Ipheion is related to Allium, and though the flowers have a sweet floral scent, the leaves retain the heady spice of the onion family. 'Jessie' is the showiest member of the family, with broader, healthier foliage than others, in addition to its exceptionally vibrant blooms. The foliage will last until summer, then go dormant for several weeks, reappearing in the cooler weather of fall.
The blooms are exquisite on this little plant, which reaches just 4 to 6 inches high out of bloom, 9 to 12 inches in flower. Deer and rabbits leave them alone, and they remain for many weeks, set beautifully among the grassy foliage.
'Jessie' was developed from the popular variety 'Rolf Feidler' by Tony Hall of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and we are delighted to make it available to Wayside gardeners this season. Native to South America, it naturalizes readily in its zone 5-9 hardiness range, and should be deadheaded to prevent seeding if desired. You will come to treasure its show in the spring bulb garden! Zones 5-9.