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Flaigg, Norman G.
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. pauciflorum
Dichelostemma capitatum (Benth.) Alph. Wood ssp. pauciflorum (Torr.) G. Keator
Little Bluedicks, Little Blue Dicks, Covena, Grass Nuts, Brodiaea, Desert Hyacinth, Few-flowered Covena, Hahd, Papago Lily, Purplehead, Wild Hyacinth
Synonym(s): Brodiaea pulchella var. pauciflora, Dichelostemma pulchellum var. pauciflorum
USDA Symbol: DICAP
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Terrestrial, perennial forb. Plant grows from a corm producing few, narrow leaves and naked flower scapes. Usually 2-5 flowers borne in conspicuously bracted umbels. Flowers blue-violet, short-tubular, campanulate with six perianth lobes.
This range of this subspecies of Dichelostemma capitatum extends farther east and south than that of D. capitatum ssp. capitatum reaching New Mexico and Baja California. The bracts of this taxon are generally whitish with purple streaks.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type:
Tuberous Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape:
Linear Leaf Venation: Parallel Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous Leaf Margin: Entire Leaf Apex: Acute Leaf Texture:
Smooth Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Inflorescence:
Terminal , Umbel Size Notes:
Petals 6 Fruit:
Black Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: (Jan) early Feb to mid Jun (Jul-Sep)
, UT Native Distribution:
Southern California, southern Nevada, southern Utah, Arizona, western New Mexico, Baja California. Native Habitat:
Rocky, sandy or gravelly soil on mesas, arroyos, canyons, ridges and mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: This species grows in a wide variety of soil conditions including sandy, gravelly, rocky, loamy, silty, cindery, rocky clay and clay soils.
Conditions Comments: Prefers sandy, rocky soils on mesas, buttes and exposed hillsides in the desert Southwest.
Interesting in a xeric garden bed. Use Food: Native
Americans harvested and ate the corms. Conspicuous Flowers:
Root Division , Seeds Description:
May be propagated by corm
offsets or seeds. Seed Collection:
Seed should be collected when black and fully ripe.
Record Last Modified: 2013-10-03
Research By: JAM