Syn: Tristagma uniflorum
Lily (Liliaceae) Family
The plant was formerly called Brodiaea uniflora, Triteleia uniflora, Milla uniflora, & has been assigned a few other genera over time.
It was recently moved yet again, and is currently called Tristagma uniflorum. But not everyone quite agrees with this latest change and it remains more popularly known as Ipheion which serves more often as a common name than does Spring Starflower, so it continues to be listed as Ipheion or Ipheon uniflorum in garden and wildflower catalogs. Given its history of taxonomical disagreement, it could well be categorized again as Ipheion in another year or two.
Ipheion produces thick patches of grass in autumn & winter, then produces one flower on a tall scape; six-petals one-inch wide funneled star-flowers appear predominantly in February and March, with occasional later flowers among the grass until its time for the summer die-back.
Its preferred habitat is open meadows, lawns and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The plant is an upright, smooth perennial from a small bulb. It produces new bulbs below the old bulb (sometimes as many as six in a neat row).
Fruit is a capsule.