A small group of bulbous plants which bear narrow, straplike leaves and slender flowering stems. The blooms clustered at the top are star-shaped or tubular and they make excellent cut flowers. Brodiaea has a delicate air – grow the bulbs in groups rather than singly.

VARIETIES: B. laxa (Triteleia laxa) bears deep lilac tubular flowers 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.

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