Chamaelirium is a genus of flowering plants containing the single species Chamaelirium luteum, commonly known as blazing-star, devil s bit, false unicorn, fairy wand, and helonias. It is a perennial herb native to the eastern United States.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Maximum Reachable Height
2.00 to 4.00 feet
May to June
easy to grow
Planting and care
Sow seeds in well-draining potting mix in the early spring in a sunny location.
Cover lightly with the potting mix and keep moist.
Most fairy wand species need to be planted in the sun to bloom.
They take three to five years to bloom when planted from seeds.
Water well during dry periods in summer and apply a general purpose fertilizer in the spring.
A general purpose fertilizer has equal amounts by weight of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Chamaelirium luteum care
ivide fairy wand corms in the spring. Use short-handled pruning shears to reduce the foliage by half. Take care not to break the brittle, fleshy corms. Plant the corms 2 to 3 inches deep in fertile, moist but well-draining loam in a sunny location.
Loam is soil that contains equal portions of sand, silt and clay. If the loam has more heavy clay or light sand, mix in well-rotted organic matter. The plants need sun to bloom. Planted from division, fairy wands will yield flowers in one to two years.
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Apply any organic fertilizer
Chamaelirium luteum special feature
Group or mass in woodland and/or wildflower gardens. Also appropriate for native plant gardens, cottage gardens or borders. Will naturalize in optimum growing conditions.
Chamaelirium luteum uses
The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Western herbal medicine, it has been used to treat pregnancy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is another name for a Chamaelirium luteum ?
Chamaelirium luteum is commonly known as fairy wand
How tall do Chamaelirium luteum grow?
On average Chamaelirium luteum grows 2.00 to 4.00 feet
What color are Chamaelirium luteum ?
A Chamaelirium luteum plant bears flowers of color White
When Chamaelirium luteum blooms?
With enough light, Chamaelirium luteum may produce White flowers in May to June
How hard is Chamaelirium luteum to grow?
A Chamaelirium luteum is easy to grow
How much sunlight does a Chamaelirium luteum need?
A Chamaelirium luteum prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade
How much water does a Chamaelirium luteum need?
A Chamaelirium luteum prefers watering Medium
What kind of soil does a Chamaelirium luteum need?
A Chamaelirium luteum prefers well-drained soil
What temperature does a Chamaelirium luteum like?
A Chamaelirium luteum prefers 70F
How often should I fertilize my Chamaelirium luteum ?
To encourage Chamaelirium luteum growth, Apply any organic fertilizer