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Brodiaea

Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Many are natives of the Pacific Coast, where they bloom in sunny fields and meadows in spring and early summer. Plants have a few grasslike leaves; a cluster of funnel-shaped or tubular, 1/2 to 2-in.-long flowers tops the stem during bloom. Good cut flowers. After flowering, plants die to the ground.

In nature, these plants are often found in adobe soil, in areas where rainfall is heavy in winter and early spring and corms dry out completely in summer. They appreciate similar conditions in gardens. Set corms 2 to 3 in. deep and 2 to 4 in. apart. In cold-winter areas, grow in containers or mulch to protect from freezing and thawing.

Brodiaea coronaria, photo courtesy of Mark Turner
Brodiaea coronaria, photo courtesy of Mark Turner

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Brodiaea coronaria

Clusters ofdark blue, inch-long flowers on6–10-in. stems.

Brodiaea elegans
Brodiaea elegans

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Brodiaea elegans

Native to the Pacific Northwest, these grow 16 in. tall, producing clusters of dark blue, inch-long spring flowers. Often sold as Brodiaea grandiflora or Brodiaea coronaria.

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