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Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum

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Dichelostemma capitatum Bulb
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Dichelostemma capitatum Bulb
Dichelostemma capitatum
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Dichelostemma capitatum
Dichelostemma capitatum
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Dichelostemma capitatum
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Dichelostemma capitatum

Species Name: Dichelostemma capitatum
Common Name: Blue Dicks, Wild Hyacinth

Nice addition to meadows or a grass landscape.

Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Corm
Height by Width: Less than 2'
Growth Habit: Low, upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 6000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Blue
Endangered?:
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Open woodlands, scrub, desert, grassland to 6000'.

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Care and Maintenance
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum requires very little care. Plant in an area that is dry during the summer to prevent rotting of the bulbs. Leave flowers to go to seed, which can be collected in the early Summer. Otherwise, cut flowers when blooms are finished to strengthen the bulb. Do not remove leaves until after they have turned substantially brown to ensure health of the bulb. Every few years, the bulb can be dug up to remove offsets.
If grown in pots, cut flowers after blooming. They won't produce a lot of seed when grown in pots, so it is best to remove the flowers to strengthen the bulb. As the foliage dies back, place the pot in a cool place to dry out completely, then store during the summer months. In early Fall, put the pots in a sunny spot and begin watering to wake them up again.
History
  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "Flowers in clusters, violet to light blue, grows from 1 to 2 feet high. This and Dichelostemma ida-maia will grow in any good loam, well drained; plant 3 inches deep. Each 5c; per doz. 40c."
Other Names
  • Brodiaea pulchella
  • Dichelstemma pulchella
  • Dichelstemma pulchellum...this name is still in common use.
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. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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