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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.
7 - 10
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-28" / 25.4cm - 71.1cm
3"-0" / 7.6cm - 0.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Purple, Pink, Lavender
Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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