Brodiaea elegans (Elegant Cluster-Lily)
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Brodiaea elegans (Elegant Cluster-Lily)

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Rewarding and easy care, Brodiaea elegans (Elegant Cluster-Lily) is a cormous perennial boasting loose umbels of violet or blue-violet, funnel-shaped flowers in late spring to mid summer. The flowers feature six curving petals, white pointed staminodes (sterile stamens) and fertile stamens topped with large anthers. Rising on stout leafless stalks, they provide a charming display for quite a while before the plant goes dormant in summer. The foliage of narrow leaves emerges in late winter and dies back as the flowers appear. Easy to grow, undemanding, drought tolerant, beautiful and adaptable, this sweet little cluster-lily makes a lovely garden addition. Elegant Cluster-Lily is native to the mountain ranges of California and Oregon, where it grows in dry to moist meadows and open woods.

  • Growing up to 12-18 in. high (30-45 cm), this beauty will naturalize and multiply in optimum growing conditions and will come back year after year
  • Easily grown in dry to moist, clay, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Tolerates garden soil. In cold winter areas, apply a layer of mulch to protect this plant. For best results, provide the plant with consistent moisture during the growing season, however, maintain a dry soil after blooming until the following spring. Drought tolerant.
  • Virtually disease-free and pest-free.
  • Stunning in beds, borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or meadows. For best visual impact, plant in groups.
  • Plant untreated seed 1/4 in. deep. 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.
  • Native to California, Oregon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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