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Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's spear)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Triteleia laxa

Triteleia laxa Benth.

Ithuriel's Spear, Wally Basket, Grass Nut

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Brodiaea laxa, Brodiaea laxa var. candida, Brodiaea laxa var. nimia, Brodiaea laxa var. tracyi, Triteleia angustiflora

USDA Symbol: TRLA16

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Triteleia laxa grows on heavy soils in grassland or brush from southern Oregon to southern California. It reaches a height of up to 28 inches (70 cm) and has many flowers in a large umbel with 6 stamens and beneath the ovary a stalk 2-3 times its length.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Scape up to about 28 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Usually pale blue, sometimes bluish purple or white.



Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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 Triteleia laxa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Triteleia laxa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Triteleia laxa


Record Modified: 2023-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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