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Wild Hyacinth Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum (Brodiaea pulchella)


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Wild Hyacinth
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Alternate name: Bluedicks

Family: Liliaceae, Lily view all from this family

Description Grasslike, 6-16 in. leaves and a 2-3 ft. stem arise from an edible corm. Up to a dozen violet flowers cluster in a rounded head at the top of the stem. After the seeds have matured in early summer, the leaves wither and the perennial plant enters dormancy until the following spring.

Flower March - May

Flower March - May

Habitat Mesas; open slopes; chaparral; grasslands.

Range S.w. New Mexico to Baja, north to Oregon.

Comments Drought tolerant.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution S.w. New Mexico to Baja, n. to Oregon

Site Preference Mesas; open slopes; chaparral; grasslands

Soil Preference Poor, dry soils.