Asphodeline lutea

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Asphodeline lutea
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Asphodeline
A. lutea
Binomial name
Asphodeline lutea
(L.) Rchb.

Asphodelus luteus L.

Asphodeline lutea, habitus
Asphodeline lutea - MHNT

Asphodeline lutea (king's spear, yellow asphodel) is a perennial plant native to southeastern Europe, northern Africa, the Caucasus and the Levant.[1] It is grown as a landscaping plant.[2]

It has been associated with the Asphodel of the underworld,[3] but see also the closely related Asphodelus ramosus.


Asphodeline lutea reaches 3 to 4 ft (0.91 to 1.22 m) tall and 1 to 2 ft (0.30 to 0.61 m) wide. The grey-green leaves are 1 ft (0.30 m) tall, with the flower stalk growing 3 to 4 ft (0.91 to 1.22 m) bearing a dense raceme of bright 1 in (2.5 cm) yellow flowers.[2]


Asphodeline lutea was introduced into the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1648, even though it demonstrated no known uses that are typical of a physic garden (plants grown for medicinal use). One of the curators of the garden at the time, John Parkinson, said the plant was "not... used in Physicke for any purpose." The locals in the Mediterranean who were interviewed by Parkinson said that that plant had "no... propertie appropriate unto it but knavery," with no explanation of the particular knavery of which the plant was guilty. The description in the Botanic Garden used the old name of Asphodelus lutea.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kew Plants of the World Online
  2. ^ a b "Asphodeline lutea". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  3. ^ Robert Graves. The Common Asphodel 1949
  4. ^ "Asphodeline lutea". Botanic Garden. University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2012.

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