TRITELEIA

FAMILY: Liliaceae

TYPE
  • Corms
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Varies by Species
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Many are native to the West Coast, where they bloom in sunny fields and meadows in spring and early summer, but they also adapt to Midwestern prairies and the Texas Hill Country. Plants sport a few grasslike leaves topped by a cluster of funnel-shaped or tubular, 12- to 2 inches-long blossoms; they die to the ground after blooming. Great choice for rock gardens and dry meadows. Good cut flowers. Many Triteleia species were previously listed as Brodiaea.

triteleia hyacinthina (Brodiaea hyacinthina, B

  • lactea).
  • WHITE TRITELEIA.
  • Heirloom plant; introduced in 1835.
  • Stems 12 feet high bear clusters of 10 to 40 bowl-shaped, 12 inches., purple-tinged white flowers with green veins.

triteleia ixioides (Brodiaea ixioides, B

  • lutea).
  • PRETTY FACE, GOLDEN TRITELEIA.
  • Flower stalk to 2 feet.; inch-long, golden yellow flowers with purple-black midrib and veins.
  • Starlight has soft yellow buds that open to creamy white, star-shaped flowers.

grass nut, ithuriel's spear

triteleia laxa (Brodiaea laxa)

  • Stalks to 2 feet tall are topped with trumpet-shaped, 34- to 112 inches-long purple-blue flowers.
  • Knigin Fabiola ('Queen Fabiola') sports large, upward-facing dark blue flowers.
  • Rudy (T.
  • Rudy) has white flowers with a bold violet stripe down the center of each petal.
  • White Sweep has pure white blooms.

These plants grow naturally in heavy adobe soil in areas that are rainy in winter and early spring, then dry the rest of the year. If you can't provide a long dry period, be sure to plant in sandy or gritty soil. Set corms 23 inches deep and 24 inches apart.

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