Dichelostemma congestum
(Syn. Brodiaea congesta)

10 Bulbs per Bag

A colorful CA native bulb with lovely periwinkle blooms. First introduced in 1806, it’s native to meadows and open woods from central California extending northwards to Canada and less commonly in the Sierra foothills. Rising 18-24” above grass-like foliage, the silver dollar-sized, bright purple florets are densely packed with 6-15 individual flowers. Each petal is offset by a creamy-white rib and the yellow filaments are forked leading to the common name of “Fork-Tongued Ookow”. Flowering begins in April and continues until June, with the allium-like flower heads peacefully swaying in the breeze. Mixes well with native grasses such Carex pansa or other bulbs such as colorful Dutch Irises or later blooming Daffodils. Bees and butterflies find the flowers delightful. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. After flowering, let foliage wither naturally. This bulb will naturalize in your garden and does not require Summer dry conditions so it can be left undisturbed.

Curious Plantsman

Low Water

CA Native Perennial Bulb
USDA zones 5-9