Brodiaea pulchella by DanMeyers.
Brodiaea pulchella
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. pauciflorum
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Common Name Bluedicks, Wild Hyacinth, Few Flowered Blue Dicks, Common Saita, Common Brodiaea, Conjested Snakelily
Latin Name Dichelostemma capitatum
Family Liliaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones   / 10-11
Type / Form Shrub / Small
Native Habitat Between 1,000 feet and 7,000 feet in western North America
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Under 6 inches
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Silver, deciduous
Flowers Light blue flowers late winter to mid-spring
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance None
Propagation Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a free-draining compost in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in spring in a cold frame. Seedlings are prone to damping off and so should be kept well ventilated. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15c. If the seed is sown thinly enough, it can be grown on for its first year without transplanting and then the dormant bulbs can be planted 2/3 to a pot. Otherwise prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle, planting them 2/3 to a pot. Grow on the plants in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division in autumn of offsets that have reached flowering size. Dig up the clumps of bulbs and replant the larger ones into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up the smaller ones and grow them on for a year in a cold frame before planting them out.
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Ground cover, container, rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, parkways, bedding
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Light blue flowers late winter to mid-spring
Nature Value Songbirds eat seeds
Native American Uses Bulb eaten raw or baked, seeds popped like popcorn and eaten, flower eaten
Links  
    Images and data http://scitoys.com/botany/wild_hyacinth.html
    Images and data http://www.smmtc.org/plantofthemonth/plant_of_the_month_200904_Blue_Dicks.htm
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/BlueDicks/BlueDicks.htm
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM01118
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/64588/
    Images and data http://www.almaden.ibm.com/almaden/environs/wildflowers/bluedk.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=2718
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=DICAC5
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/violets/violet23.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichelostemma_capitatum
    Image http://flickr.com/photos/maggie_others/2411210685/
    Image http://www.coepark.org/wildflowers/purple/dichelostemma-capitatum.html
    Data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242101564
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Dichelostemma+capitatum+ssp.+capitatum
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Dichelostemma+pulchellum
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/125.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Dichelostemma+capitatum+ssp.+capitatum
    Distribution, images, and data http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=DICAP
    Distribution, images, and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=2720
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