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Dichelostemma ida-maia (Firecracker flower)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Dichelostemma ida-maia

Dichelostemma ida-maia (Alph. Wood) Greene

Firecracker Flower

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Brevoortia ida-maia, Brodiaea ida-maia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Tubular, red flowers hanging in an umbel atop a leafless stalk commonly with 3 long, narrow, grass-like leaves at base.

The brilliant red flowers resemble loose clusters of firecrackers tied together by the ends of their fuses. It is one of the most charming and unusual of California wildflowers. The species name is said to have been suggested by a stagecoach driver who showed the plant to an early collector; it honors the driver's niece, Ida May.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Scape up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Seeds black, sharply angled.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Southwestern Oregon to northwestern California.
Native Habitat: Grassy slopes in woodland openings at low or moderate elevations.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Dichelostemma ida-maia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dichelostemma ida-maia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dichelostemma ida-maia


Record Modified: 2023-04-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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