How to Grow Brimeura Plants in your Garden

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Brimeura is a hardy bulb that flowers in the late spring.

They are usually called by their genus name, though they are occasionally referred to as the Spanish Hyacinth.

They have bell like flowers of blue that rest a top 15 cm (6 inch) stems.

They are a native of Europe and are great plants for rockeries or for natural flower gardens.

Latin names include the bluebell-like Brimeura amethystina.

As Brimeura belongs to the Asparagaceae family it is related very closely to the Yucca plant, Chionodoxa, Polygonatum, Scilla, and Veltheimia.

How to Grow Brimeura

Brimeura bulbs should be planted at a depth of 7 to 15 cm (shallow for heavy soils; deep for lighter soils) in the autumn.

If you plan to grow Brimeura from seeds indoor then they should be sown in the late winter, just covered and kept at about 17 degrees Celsius.

They normally take between one to two months to germinate. Seedlings should be grown for a year then transplanted outside after the last frost of spring with a spacing of around 10 cm.

Brimeura plants like to grow in sunny gardens, though they will tolerate partial shaded areas; plants prefer limy drained soils.

Brimeura amethystina
Brimeura amethystina photograph by Peganum.

Caring for Brimeura

Brimeura should be fertilized in the spring and well watered in dry weather.

To stop the plant from rotting it is best to remove dead leaves, the plants can be divided if they become to large.

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Brimeura Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Brimeura, Spanish Hyacinth
Life Cycle: Hardy bulb.
Height: 6 inches (15 cm).
Native: Southern Europe and Mediterranean islands.
Family: Asparagaceae.

Growing Region: Zones 3 to 8.
Flowers: Mid to Late spring.
Flower Details: Blue. Bell-shaped.
Foliage: Herbaceous. Lance-shaped. Narrow.

Sow Outside: Usually grown from bulbs.
Seed: cover. Early spring in flats. Bring indoors in the winter. Transplant to final location in the spring.
Bulbs: 4 inches (10 cm). Autumn. Spacing 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm).
Sow Inside: Temperature 60°F (16°C). Late in the winter, one year in advance. Transplant outdoors the following year following the last.

Requirements: Full sunlight or partial shade. Good drainage. Humus rich soil, limy soil. Fertilise in the spring. Regular watering during dry periods. In the autumn mulch with manure. Remove leaves once they have completely died. Requires division every three years or so to maintain vigour. Propagate: Brimeura bulbs can be divided towards the end of summer.

Common Questions

How many members does the Brimeura genus have?

The Brimeura genus includes around 3 species.

Do members of Brimeura make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Brimeura plants with their bell-shaped flowers add a charming touch to rock gardens and borders.

Which Brimeura species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Brimeura amethystina (Amethyst Hyacinth) is the most popular species grown by gardeners.

Are members of the Brimeura plant genus fragrant?

No, Brimeura plants are not known for their fragrance, but they offer attractive blooms.

What is the perfect location to grow Brimeura?

Brimeura prefers a location with full sun and well-drained soil.

Is Brimeura invasive in the USA?

Presently, Brimeura is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Brimeura plants from my garden?

Remove Brimeura by digging up the bulbs, making sure all parts are removed to prevent regrowth.


Brimeura is a small genus within the Asparagaceae family, native to Southern Europe. These bulbous perennials are known for their bell-shaped, hyacinth-like flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer.

To successfully grow Brimeura, plant them in a sunny or partly shaded location with well-drained soil. They can tolerate a wide range of soils and prefer cooler conditions. Plant the bulbs in the fall and water them regularly during the growing season, but less so once the leaves have died back.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Brimeura. You may also enjoy the following Asparagus family growing guides on Yucca thompsoniana and Asparagus densiflorus plants.