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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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


  • Bulb size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Gravel gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)


  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful 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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