ref Bulbous Genus 'BRODIAEA' in Alliaceae

Leo A. Martin
Mon, 14 Apr 2008 14:25:53 PDT
Dichelostemma pulchellum (capitatum) is native here in the low deserts of
Arizona. It doesn't bloom every year; in fact, it only blooms after
plentiful winter rains. The spring 2005 bloom was the first in about 10
years. It bloomed again this year but not so plenifully as in 2005. There
is a great amount of flower color variation in habitat, from white (rare)
to deep purple (rare.)

I think Mary Sue said on the coast they are found in meadows. Here in
Arizona they aren't found in the flat areas. They can be found in the
desert on rocky, thinly-soiled slopes. We get 60% of our rain in the
summer; maybe plants on the flats wouldn't tolerate the summer rain.

However, it is quite weedy in gardens here, and blooms each year. I
haven't put it in my garden yet because people tell me about it coming up
like grass absolutely everywhere. Maybe I should just accept it.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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