Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea

Sternbergia lutea

"Winter daffodil"

Sternbergia lutea

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Description

Sternbergia are often mistaken for an autumn crocus and also known as the winter daffodil, this golden goblet flower is actually neither! Sternbegia lutea is in fact a bit of a one-man-band in a genus of its own – and while it’s in the same family as the daffodil, it does its own thing entirely. Flowering in autumn with its sunny upright blooms, this clump-forming variety will shine like a beacon in the garden amongst the warm autumn colours, and they’ll last right though to early winter. If you want to give Sternbegia lutea a buddy, partner it with colchicum, which is another autumn-flowering bulb with crocus-like blooms.

Sternbegia lutea need a sunny spot with free-draining soil, so are perfect for growing in pots or borders. If you have a rockery or gravel garden, that’s even better – they naturalise slowly over the years and look fantastic peeping through the cracks of a rocky planting scheme. Plant several bulbs in each planting hole to create the first initial groups, then enjoy as the clumps become more robust each year.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Naturalising

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Sternbergia lutea

  • Flower colour

    Yellow

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    10/12

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial
    Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Rockery
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

    • Plant your Sternbergia lutea bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Winter daffodil" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Sternbergia lutea bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

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