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Brodiaea laxa (Tritelia)

Description

Tritelia laxa, formerly Brodiaea laxa, is a species in a family of herbaceous perennials that are grown from bulbs or tubers. 

The plant tolerates drought and grows well in rich, well-drained soils and sandy loams in full sun to part shade. Purple or blue flowers bloom in the early summer on a spray of small stalks atop a tall, leafless stem. For best results, provide the plant with consistent moisture spring to early summer; however, maintain a dry soil after blooming until the following spring.

The plant is cold hardy to Zone 6, but can overwinter in Zone 5 if sited in a protected south-facing location with mulch. Above Zone 5, you can grow the plant in containers that are moved to a dry area after bloom is completed to ensure the soil is dry. Bring the plant indoors in the fall to a cool, dry area with temperatures of 40 to 45 degrees F for the winter.

To plant from seed, sow 1/4 inch deep and thin to 3 to 5 seedlings if necessary by digging dormant cormlets and respacing. Note that when planted from seed, do not expect flowers for 2 to 3 years. To grow from bulbs, dig mature corms and divide, store the corms in a dry space at 70 to 77 degrees F. Plant the corms in the fall 3 to 5 inches deep to the base of the corm and space about 3 to 4 inches apart (9-10 bulbs per square foot). 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennial
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennial
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Brodiaea
    Species:
    laxa
    Family:
    Liliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern California
    Bulb Storage:
    Store the corms in a dry space at 70 to 77 degrees F. Bulbs last one year.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 3 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Colored Sepals
    Flower Description:
    Blooms in very late spring (June). White with violet petal stripe.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Blooms appear on leafless stems in spring to early summer
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Design Feature:
    Border