Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum
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Species Name: Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum
Common Name: Soap Plant
- Beautiful native bulb has white flowers with green and purple tinges. The flowers stalks can reach up to 6' H. Bulb juice can be mixed in water to produce soapy suds. Bulb is edible and can be roasted.
- Plant Family: Liliaceae
- Plant Type: Bulb
- Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
- Growth Habit: Clumping
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to regular
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Northwest, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Westen Central Valley, Central West, Southwest CA
- Natural Habitat: Open grassland, chaparral, woodland below 4700'
- 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.
- Other Names
- Laothoe pomeridiana Raf. -- Fl. Tellur. iii. 53 (1836).
- 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.