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Bellevalia paradoxa

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Bellevalia (bell-eh-VAL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: paradoxa (par-uh-DOKS-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Bellevalia pycnantha
Synonym:Muscari paradoxum

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa On Apr 15, 2004, Baa wrote:

Small, bulbous plant from the Middle East.

Has fleshy, mid green, lance like leaves. Bears dark blue flowers with a pale rim.

Flowers between March and May.

Loves a very well drained soil in full sun. Needs a dry summer dormancy, in areas where summers may be wet, lift them after the leaves die back and replant in autumn. Will naturalise where happy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lawley, Alabama
Garberville, California
Clifton, Colorado
Louisville, Kentucky
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Washougal, Washington

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