Spring Starflower - Tristagma uniflorum

Alternative names
Ipheion uniflorum

It has starry six petalled flowers which may be white or cream.

Identification difficulty

Found on cultivated ground, roadsides and waste ground, and in churchyards. It readily becomes established in suitable habitats, especially on sandy soils but is most often found at the coast or close to habitation as a garden escape.

When to see it

Late spring.

Life History

Bulbous perennial.

UK Status

Tristagma uniflorum has escaped mostly into the southern English counties. The highest concentration of records is from around the London area, along the south coast of England and the east Anglian coast. Otherwise it is dotted here and there with records becoming scarcer as you go north. It is common on the Channel Islands but absent from Scotland and very rare in Ireland.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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