Flowers white or yellow, May to July.
There are two varieties of Asphodel, luteus
(also called Asphodeline) which makes a spike
of yellow flowers about three feet high; and ramosus,
white flowered, and about a foot taller than the
The latter is the finer plant, but both are hardy
growers, related to the Lily tribe, and only ask
a tolerable soil of good depth.
They should be planted in autumn or early spring,
and require the ordinary treatment of perennial
borders – clearing off the dead growth and
top-dressing in October or November, and taking,
dividing and replanting in a fresh situation before
they show signs of deterioration.