Chamaelirium luteum - Plant

Chamaelirium luteum, commonly called fairy wand, is native to moist, acidic soils in shaded areas of meadows, woods and thickets in eastern North America.

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About Chamaelirium luteum

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.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name fairy wand
Maximum Reachable Height 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Flower Colour White
Bloom Time May to June
Difficulty Level 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.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil well-drained soil
    Temperature 70F
    Fertilizer 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

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • 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



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