A small group of bulbous plants which bear narrow, straplikeand slender flowering . The blooms clustered at the top are star-shaped or tubular and they make excellent cut . Brodiaea has a delicate air – grow the bulbs in rather than singly.
VARIETIES: B. laxa (Triteleia laxa) bears deeptubular in a loose head which looks rather like a miniature Agapanthus . B. tubergenii is somewhat similar, with pale lilac flowers forming a 3-4 in. head. The flowers of B. grandif lora are rather different, opening into 1.5 in. purplish stars. B. ida-maia (Dichelostemma ida-maia) is quite different and most unusual. Each pendent flower consists of a bright red tube with a green and yellow mouth.
SITE AND SOIL: A sheltered spot is essential – grow at the base of a south-facing wall. Well-drained soil and full sun are required.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time September. Planting depth 3 in.
Spacing: 4 in. Height 1.5-2 ft.
Flowering period: May-July.
PROPAGATION: Dislikes disturbance – buy new bulbs.