Brodiaea

Height 45-60cm (½-2ft)

Planting distance 5-7.5cm (2-3in)

Flowers late spring to early summer

Well-drained soil

Sheltered sunny site

Corms available in autumn

Summer-flowering brodiaeas are reasonably hardy when planted in their favourite position – a sheltered bed at the foot of a south-facing wall. The plants have only a few long, narrow, green leaves at the bottom of the stem and look best when grown in groups. The flowers are star-shaped or trumpet-shaped, according to species, and range from blue to mauve in colour. Carried on 45-60cm (1-½-2ft) high upright stems, they make excellent cut flowers.

Popular species

Brodiaea coronaria (syn. Grandiflora) reaches 45cm (1-1/2ft) high and has starry, blue-mauve flowers in late spring/early summer. Brodiaea laxa has loose clusters of dark blue trumpet-shaped flowers that resemble a tiny Agapanthus. The flowers appear in early to mid summer on 60cm (2ft) stems. Brodiaea x tubergenii is similar to B. laxa but with paler coloured flowers that come out in late spring and early summer. The plants are 45cm (1-1/2ft) high.

Cultivation

Plant the corms in early autumn in small or large groups and space them 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart. For the best results choose a sheltered sunny site and well-drained soil.

Propagation

Remove and replant offsets every four years.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Annuals, Biennials, Bulbous Plants, Featured Articles | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Brodiaea

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