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Triteleia laxa
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Zones 5-9, 14-24, 29, 30, 33
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Minimal Water
Minimal

Triteleia laxa

Grass Nut, Ithuriel’s Spear
Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants

TRITELEIA

Native to western North America. Plants of this name were formerly known as Brodiaea. They bloom in sunny fields and meadows in spring and early summer. The plants have a few grasslike leaves; a cluster of funnel-shaped or tubular, 1/2–2-in.-long flowers tops the stem during bloom. Good cut flowers. After flowering, plants die to the ground. Spring and early summer bloom.

Set corms 2–3 in. deep and 2–4 in. apart. In cold-winter areas, grow in containers or mulch to protect from freezing and thawing. These can use a little water during growth and bloom, but like dry summer conditions.

Triteleia laxa

Native from southwestern Oregon to Southern California. Growing from fall-planted corms, the flower stalk rises to 2 1/2 ft. tall, carrying purple-blue, 1 1/2-in. trumpets. ‘Queen Fabiola’ has deep violet flowers.

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