Triteleia is a member of the Themidaceae family, which also includes Brodiaea, Bloomeria and Dichelostemma. This group of bulbous plants has been included in the closely allied Onion family or Alliaceae and some suggest that is a better placement for it. It is considered to be in the Liliaceae family by the Flora of North America so its family status is far from clear. Triteleia, Dichelostemma, and Brodiaea were sometimes referred to as the Brodiaea complex, and sometimes still are. There are fourteen species of Triteleia found in Western North America and one species in Mexico. Most are native to California and found in a variety of habitats including rocky cliffs, open conifer forests, grasslands, and vernally wet meadows. Time of bloom occurs from March to August depending on the taxa and habitat. There are many naturally occurring forms of each species varying in height, color, and how fast they multiply vegetatively. Some may produce many cormlets every year and others rarely offset. The genus was the subject of the PBS list topic of the week January 2003. Mary Sue Ittner provided the introduction.

Photos of a few of the species are shown below.

Triteleia bridgesii, Mary Sue IttnerTriteleia crocea ssp. crocea, Mary Sue IttnerTriteleia hendersonii, Mary Sue IttnerTriteleia hyacinthina, Bob RutemoellerTriteleia ixioides ssp. scabra, Hite Cove, Mary Sue IttnerTriteleia laxa, Kern County, Mary Sue Ittner

For more photos and information about the species select the appropriate wiki page or click on the name in the table below:

Triteleia Hybrids - Triteleia A-G - Triteleia H-I - Triteleia J-Z

Triteleia species and cultivars
bridgesii clementina crocea dudleyi
grandiflora grandiflora var. howellii guadalupensis hendersonii
howellii* hyacinthina ixioides ixioides ssp. anilina
ixioides ssp. cookii ixioides 'Ellen' ixioides ssp. ixioides ixioides ssp. scabra
ixioides 'Starlight' ixioides 'Tiger' ixioides ssp. unifolia ixioides × hyacinthina
laxa laxa 'Humboldt Star' laxa 'Rudy Kleiner' laxa 'Sierra Giant'
laxa '4U' lemmonae lilacina lugens
montana peduncularis piutensis unifolia*

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