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Chamaelirium luteum - Plant

chamaelirium luteum - plant
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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.

Common name: fairy wand
Color: White
Bloom time: May to June
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & 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

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 70 °F

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

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.


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.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Western herbal medicine, it has been used to treat pregnancy.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Reference:
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-fairy-wands-28000.html http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=282046&isprofile=0&
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