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Muilla maritima

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Species Name: Muilla maritima
Common Name: Sea or Common Muilla

This showy onion-like plant is native to Southern California and Baja California, where it grows in many types of habitat from the coast to desert to foothills and forests.

Plant Family: Liliacae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: Less than 2'
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Bulb; emerges in Spring
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 7500'
Flower Season: March through June
Flower Color: White with blue, green, or purplish anthers.
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Central and South Northwestern California, Central Western California, Southwestern California, uncommon in c Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Central Valley, w Desert and Baja California.
Natural Habitat: Grassland, open scrub, woodland, in alkaline, granitic, or serpentine soils.

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