Chlorogalum pomeridianum Chlorogalum pomeridianum Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Chlorogalum pomeridianum “Soap Plant” Chlorogalum pomeridianum “Soap Plant”

Chlorogalum pomeridianum “Soap Plant”

Common Name Wavyleaf  Soap Plant, Soap Plant, Soaproot, Dwarf Soaproot, Amole Lily
Latin Name Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Family Liliaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones   / 6-10 
Type / Form Shrub / Small
Native Habitat Desert and mountain slopes and grasslands from 0 to 5,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width To 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Toxic saponins in leaves
Leaves Green, deciduous
Flowers Summer white lilies, dies out in late summer
Bark / Roots   / Bulb 
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seeds
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Low maintenance, foliage accent, specimen, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Mountain, Thornless, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Summer white lilies, dies out in late summer
Nature Value Not significant
Native American Uses Bulb used to make soap and glue, dried bulb used as hair brush, leaves and bulb cooked and eaten, saponins function as antiseptic wash for dandruff, lice, and sores, used as a fishing poison
Links  
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/chlpom/all.html
    Images and data https://www.anniesannuals.com/signs/b%20-%20c/chlorogalum_pomeridianum_sp.htm
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CHPO3
    Images and data http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/2010/07/chlorogalum_pomeridianum.php
    Images and data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Chlorogalum+pomeridianum
    Images and data http://waynesword.palomar.edu/pldec198.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1387/
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=2006
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorogalum_pomeridianum
    Data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=220002810
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/196.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Chlorogalum+pomeridianum
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where-taxon=Chlorogalum+pomeridianum
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CHPO3
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