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Brodiaea elegans Hoover
Harvest brodiaea, Elegant cluster-lily
USDA Symbol: brel
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
An umbel of several violet or blue-violet, funnel-shaped flowers at top of a leafless stalk with a few long, very narrow basal leaves that are usually withered by flowering time. Mounds of narrow leaves, 4-16 in. in height, arise in late winter to early spring and brown when the flower buds have swollen. The flowering stem is about the same height as the leaves, bearing a terminal umble of small, tubular, violet-pink flowers. The intensity of color and number of flowers varies within the species.
This plant begins to flower as fields dry out in the early summer. Several species of Brodiaea (pronounced bro-dee-ah), are similar. In Harvest Brodiaea (B. coronaria), from British Columbia to southern California, the scales between the stamens are concave on their inner side, longer than the stamens and lean toward them. One of the most handsome is Wally Basket, Grass Nut, or Ithuriels Spear (Triteleia laxa), which grows on heavy soils in grassland or brush from southern Oregon to southern California; it reaches a height of up to 28 (70 cm) and has many flowers in a large umbel, with 6 stamens and beneath the ovary a stalk 2-3 times its length.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, OR Native Distribution:
Monterey & Tulare Cos., CA
to Hood River & Clackamas Cos., OR; occasional in the Willamette V. to s.e. OR Native Habitat:
Open or wooded plains or foothills
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Dry to moist, heavy soils. Conditions Comments: In
nature, most Brodiaeas choose habitats where their tall, wiry flowering stems can be supported by other tall herbs. Though B. elegans has a stouter scape
than other Brodiaeas, it will flop about if planted free of surrounding plants.
BenefitUse Food: Bulbs/corms consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Plant untreated seed 1/4 deep. Thin to 3-5 if necessary by digging dormant cormlets and respacing. Plants from seed require 2-3 years to flower. Also can be propagated by digging mature corms in the fall and carefully dividing the offset corms. Pla
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU || FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2010-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff