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Bloomeria crocea

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Bloomeria crocea

Botanical Name: Bloomeria crocea
Common Name: Golden Stars

A beautiful, delicate bulb with clusters of bright yellow star-shaped flowers. Tolerates clay soil, winter moisture and summer drought. Combines well with other drought-tolerant natives.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 12 in. H
Growth Habit: Clump
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Clay
Water Requirements: Summer dry
Cold Hardy to: 5,100'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?:
Distribution: South Coast Range, Transverse Range, Peninsular Range, northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Grassland, open woodlands, chaparral edges

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Care and Maintenance
Plant the base of the bulb at a depth three times the height of the bulb. Stop watering once the leaves begin to turn brown, but keep leaves on the plant until they turn completely brown.
History
  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "Plants grow from 9 to 15 inches high, flowering in umbels of from 15 to 50 golden-yellow star-shaped flowers. Thrives best in heavy but well drained soil. Plant from 3 to 4 inches deep. Each 5c; per doz. 40c."
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References
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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