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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum (Benth.) Wood
Bluedicks, Wild hyacinth
Synonyms: Brodiaea pulchella
USDA Symbol: dicac5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Grasslike, 6-16 in. leaves and a 2-3 ft. stem arise from an edible corm. Up to a dozen violet flowers cluster in a rounded head at the top of the stem. After the seeds have matured in early summer, the leaves wither and the perennial plant enters dormancy until the following spring.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AZ , CA , NM , NV , OR , UT Native Distribution:
S.w. NM to Baja, n. to OR Native Habitat:
Mesas; open slopes; chaparral; grasslands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff