Botanical Name: Anthericum ramosum
Species: A. ramosum
Synonyms: Phalangites ramosus (L.) Bubani
Common Names: Anthericum ramosum or Branched St Bernard’s-lily
Habitat: Anthericum ramosum is present in most of Europe, being more common in southern countries, and is widespread in Central Asia and Russia. These plants grow in sunny areas and calcareous soils, on semiarid grasslands, slopes and forest edges. In the Alps they can be found at an altitude of 0–1,600 metres (0–5,249 ft) above sea level.
Anthericum ramosum reaches on average a height of 30–70 centimetres (12–28 in). The grass-like leaves are 50 centimetres (20 in) long and 2–6 millimetres (0.08–0.2 in) wide and are generally much shorter than the inflorescence. It has an erect, paniculate inflorescence. The flower spikes are branched (hence the Latin name ramosus), unlike Anthericum liliago. The six tepals are white, 10–13 millimetres (0.4–0.5 in) long, as are the six stamens. The flower is scentless and pure white, the anthers are bright yellow. The flowering period extends from June through August. The capsular fruit is spherical to three-faced. The flowers are pollinated by hymenopterans, while seed are distributed by the wind.
Cultivation: Ideally grow in soil that is moist but well-drained in summer and well-drained over winter. Full sun is essential
Propagation: Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or autumn or propagate by division in spring
St. Bernard’s lily is a versatile plant with many uses in a home garden. Its flowers open in sequence on tall, graceful stalks, making it a good choice for the middle of a mixed flower border, where it provides interest for a month or more. The plant also tends to naturalize and spread slowly, and does well in a naturalized setting on a hillside or in a meadow. Tolerant of poor, rocky soil, it’s also useful in a gravel bed or border. St. Bernard’s lily also produces attractive brown fruit capsules after its flowers fade, adding visual interest that can last until early winter.
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