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Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's Spear)

Ithuriel's Spear, Triplet Lily, Fool's Onion, Brodiaea Laxa, Grassnut, Blue Brodiaea, Bloomeria, Long Rayed Triteleia, Pretty Face, Starflower, Wild Hyacinth, Wally Baskets, Triteleia angustiflora, Triteleia laxa var. laxa, Triteleia laxa var. nimia


Rewarding and easy care, Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's Spear) is a cormous perennial boasting loose umbels of up to 25 big, star-shaped, blue-mauve flowers in mid spring to early summer. The flowers are tubular, opening into a sharply six-pointed star. Rising on long, slender stalks, they open continuously for a month or more, extending the show for quite a while before the plant goes dormant in summer. The foliage of long, grasslike basal leaves emerges in late winter and dies back as the flowers appear. Easy to grow, undemanding, drought tolerant, beautiful and adaptable, Ithuriel's Spear is a charming addition to the landscape. Native from southern Oregon to southern California, it is often found in heavy soils, open forests, mixed conifer or foothill woodlands, and grasslands on clay soils.

  • Growing up to 15-28 in. high (37-70 cm), this beauty will naturalize in optimum growing conditions and will come back year after year!
  • Easily grown in light, sandy, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Tolerates clay soil. In cold winter areas, apply a layer of mulch to protect this plant. For best results, provide the plant with consistent moisture spring to early summer; 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 city gardens. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 10 bulbs). Long-lasting cut flowers with a great vase life.
  • Propagate by seed, sown with moderate heat as soon as ripe. Separate corms when dormant.
  • Native from southern Oregon to southern California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Triteleia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" (15cm)
Spacing 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Depth 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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 6 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Triteleia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" (15cm)
Spacing 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Depth 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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