Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 5-9
- Spacing: 4-6"
- Height: 12-18"
- Ships As: Package of 20 bulbs
Brodiaea belong to the Asparagaceae family, and all 15 species are native to western North America. They have starry flowers in shades of pink, white or purple, held in loose umbels. The grassy foliage often disappears before the plants bloom in early summer. The genus name Triteleia represents the fact that all parts of the flowers come in threes. The flowers will bloom for a long time, attracting bees and butterflies, which will help pollinate other plants in your garden.
Plant bulbs 3” deep and 4-6” apart in an area that receives full sun to part shade. Excellent drainage is essential for these bulbs, so amend your soil with compost or sand if needed. Light, sandy loam is ideal. As the flowers are small, plant in large groupings for best effect.
Mulch heavily in colder areas to protect the bulbs from winter’s freezing and thawing cycles. Keep plants watered when growth appears in spring. Brodiaea prefer dry conditions in the summer and autumn, so do not water after blooming is complete. If you live in the moist northeast or in areas with wet summers, you will have more success with Brodiaea by planting the bulbs in a rock garden or in containers. If planted in containers, move them to a place where they will receive a dry dormancy period after blooming. You may overwinter the bulbs right in the container; move them to a cool, dry spot, 40 to 45 degrees F. Move outside and resume watering in the spring.