Members of the Ixiolirion genus can be grown as either hardy bulbs or annuals in the garden.
They reach from 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 inches) in height and carry delightful funnel shaped flowers of blue.
Their size makes them good plants for rock gardens use to fill in the gaps of dry stone walls.
Some of the common names for Ixiolirion include Tartar Lily, Siberian Lily and Lily of the Altai.
Ixiolirion Plant by Knoxilla.
Common Names: Mountain Lily, Siberian Lily, Tartar Lily, Lily of the Altai
Life Cycle: Hardy bulb commonly grown as an annual by gardeners.
Height: 15 to 20 inches (38 to 50 cm).
Native: Southwest Asia.
Northern America: Annual: zones 3 to 6. Perennial in zones 7 to 10.
The bulbs of tartar lilies (Ixiolirion Plants) should be buried about 5 cm (2 inches) deep.
Space bulbs at 10 cm (4 inches) apart in the spring; into a sunny part of the garden.
Ideally the soil should be dry and sandy. If you are growing Tartar lilies and other Ixiolirion species members from seed then sow on the surface and lightly cover the seed; this should be done before the last frost of spring.
If you are first planning to grow Ixiolirion indoors then they should be started about two to two and a half months before putting out (following the last frost of spring).
Tartar lilies will take from one to three months to germinate at a temperature of 10 degrees centigrade (50°F).
Once growing it is necessary to apply a top dressing of manure in the spring.
In very cold areas, bring the bulbs of Ixiolirion indoors and store in a cool dry place through the winter.
The Ixiolirion genus is quite small, with only four species. These plants are known for their lovely blue or purple flowers.
Yes, Ixiolirion species can make charming additions to a garden, especially rock gardens, due to their bright, eye-catching flowers.
Ixiolirion tataricum, also known as the Siberian Lily or Lavender Mountain Lily, is the most commonly grown species in this genus.
Ixiolirion plants are not particularly known for their fragrance, but they do offer beautiful blooms.
Ixiolirion plants thrive in full sun to partial shade and require well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant and perfect for dry or rock gardens.
Presently, there are no Ixiolirion species considered invasive in the USA.
To remove Ixiolirion, the best method is to dig up the bulbs when the plant is not actively growing. Make sure to remove all bulbs to prevent regrowth.
The Ixiolirion genus, part of the Ixioliriaceae family, comprises bulbous perennials native to Asia. Known for their bell-shaped, blue or purple flowers, these plants are often used in rock gardens and borders.
Ixiolirion enjoys full sun and well-drained soil. Plant the bulbs in the fall for spring blooms. Regular watering is necessary during growth and bloom periods. Propagation is typically done through bulbs.