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Ixiolirion tataricum

Family: Ixioliriaceae
Genus: Ixiolirion (ik-see-oh-LEER-ee-on) (Info)
Species: tataricum (tat-TAR-ee-kum) (Info)

Synonym:Ixiolirion ledebourii
Synonym:Ixiolirion montanum
Synonym:Ixiolirion pallasii

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive schmeeges On Jan 2, 2013, schmeeges from Sintaluta
Canada wrote:

I live in Saskatchewan in Canada Zone 3 and these plants survive here but don't bloom until early-mid June. They multiply by little tiny bulbs very slowly, but they have set seeds if blooms are left on. I have collected the seeds and tried starting them but with no success. Any suggestions?

Positive Massgirl On May 25, 2010, Massgirl from Franklin, MA wrote:

I bought these super cheap from a mail order/online catalog. I didn't think I'd get much out of them, but with about 40 bulbs I planted them in groups of five near some other lilies last fall. They are blooming now (end of May) in my zone 6 garden. So pretty, wispy, and airy looking! I love the delicate purple color, and the bunnies in my yard don't seem to care about them, which is an added bonus!

Positive jmorth On May 27, 2008, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Needs perfect drainage, very dry in summer, protection from excessive wet winter.
Ixiolirion spp. are native to SW and central Asia in fields and and rocky hillsides to elevations of 8775 ft.
Early blues in my garden.

Neutral Lina5606 On Sep 26, 2007, Lina5606 from Flagstaff, AZ (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have not found much info on this plant and am trying to determine if the bulbs need a chilling period or not.

Neutral bekahluvr On May 19, 2007, bekahluvr from Talladega, AL wrote:

Propagate by removing the offsets from mature
bulbs. These can take up to four years to attain blooming


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

Huntsville, Alabama
Flagstaff, Arizona
Aurora, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Elizabeth, Colorado
Littleton, Colorado
Cordele, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Franklin, Massachusetts
Revere, Massachusetts
South Lyon, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Ithaca, New York
New Hartford, New York
Schenectady, New York
Albemarle, North Carolina
Albany, Oregon
Monmouth, Oregon
North Bend, Oregon
Vernal, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Chimacum, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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