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Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. minus

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Species Name: Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. minus
Common Name: Dwarf Soap Plant

A smaller variety of our native soap plant. Flowering stems can reach up to 16 inches high. This airy and delicate seasonal bulb emerges with winter rains and dies back in summer. Needs no supplemental water once established.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Clumping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: No summer water
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?:
Distribution: Inner North Coast Range, San Francisco Bay, Outer South Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Chaparral

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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.
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