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BRODIAEA californica

Image of Brodiaea californica

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

BRODIAEA californica

Plant Common Name

California Brodiaea

General Description

The largest and arguably most beautiful brodiaea, this "bulb" from the foothills and coastal ranges of California blooms in a starburst of flowers reminiscent of a small Agapanthus. The clusters of up to 12 upfacing funnel-shaped flowers perch atop wiry knee-high stems in late spring and early summer. The purple, lavender, pinkish, or white flowers have dark longitudinal midstripes. Long grassy leaves precede the flowers, withering before or as the flowers open. Like all other of its genus, California brodiaea grows from corms with fibrous outer coverings ("tunics").

This sun-loving plant does best in soil that is moist in winter and spring and relatively dry in summer and early fall. In its native habitat, where summers and falls are dry, it often grows in heavy clay. Its delicate and airy flowers make the greatest impression en masse. One of many little known but beautiful native California "bulbs," it makes a wonderful addition to borders or naturalistic plantings in its home state and in other regions with suitable climates. Plants may self-sow in favorable sites.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-28" / 25.4cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    3"-0" / 7.6cm - 0.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes