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Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed

Growth Form Whole Flowers

Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum - Bluedicks

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Family Name: Liliaceae

Common Names: Bluedicks, Wild Hyacinth

Origin: Native to California

Habitat: Open woodlands and grasslands, scrub, desert. Below 2300 m.

Life Form and Duration: Perennial Bulb, up to 65 cm

Comments on overall growth: Self supporting inflorescence, with grass like leaves.

Foliage Description: Grass-like. 2-3 per plant, 10-40 cm long, lanceolate, arising from the plant base.

Infloresence Description: A self supporting (non-twining) dense umbel of 6-15 flowers, subtended by bracts. Bracts generally dark purple and lanceolate. Flowers on pedicels 1-15 mm long.

Flower Description: Deep blue to violet blue perianth, short bell shaped flower tube 3-12 mm, 6 perianth lobes (generally curved outward) 7-12 mm long, perianth tube not narrowed above ovary, 6 stamens hidden within the flower tube.

Flowering Season: March-May

Fruit Type: Capsule

Fruit Description: 3-angled

Plant Use: attracts butterflies and hummingbirds