These lovely, fall-flowering bulbs are Crocus look-alikes with bright yellow blooms. The foliage appears with the yellow flowers in fall and persists until spring. Bulbs multiply freely where they are happy—in a hot, sunny, very well-drained spot. Add a bit of lime to sweeten the soil, and a planting will quickly fill out. Try pairing with one of the glorious blue flowers of fall such as Caryopteris or Salvia for a heavenly contrast. A member of the Amaryllis family, so the bulbs are essentially pest free, resistant to deer and voles. Heirloom, pre-1601. 10 per sq. ft.
For more information on growing Sternbergia, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Sunshine from Asher, OK
Nothing could be better than to look out at your garden and see the bright yellow as if the sun is shining on a cold, rainy, and windy fall day. Fall can be depressing and to have some warmth at this time of the year is great. It is nice to receive shipment in time to plant and have them bloom the first season and multiply each year.
Pronunciation: stern-berg'ee-uh or stern-ber'jee-uh
Bulb size: 10 cm
Plant as soon as possible in full sun and light, very well-drained, humus-rich soil. Good drainage is critical to success with these bulbs. Plant bulbs 6″ deep, 4″ apart (10 per sq ft.). Sternbergia grows naturally in calcareous soils, so many gardeners like to add a bit of lime to sweeten acidic soil. In zones 6–7, select a warm, protected spot and use a winter mulch of evergreen boughs to protect the foliage.