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Brodiaea elegans ssp. elegans

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Species Name: Brodiaea elegans ssp. elegans
Common Name: Harvest Brodiaea

Elegant is an appropriate name for this striking native corm. Rich purple-blue to violet flowers adorn umbels that rise on a sturdy stem. Excellent in a pot or in a grass or sedge meadow.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1' H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Preference: Loam to clay
Water Requirements: Summer dry, but can accept some Summer water
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Late spring
Flower Color: Blue-Purple
Endangered?: Not threatened
Distribution: Klamath Ranges, n&c North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay Area
Natural Habitat: Grassland, meadows, open woodland

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.
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • 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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