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Chamaelirium luteum Plant
Description for Chamaelirium luteum
Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
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(s): fairy wand
Flower colours: White
Bloom time: May to June
Max reachable height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and 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
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Chamaelirium luteum
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.
Typical uses of Chamaelirium luteum
Special features: 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.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Western herbal medicine, it has been used to treat pregnancy.