Brodiaea

Height: 45-60cm (1tf-2ft)

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

Features: flowers: spring to summer

Soil: light, sandy, well-drained

Site: sheltered, sun

Type: corm

Summer-flowering brodiaeas are easy to grow 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, so it’s best to arrange them in groups.

The flowers are star- or trumpet-shaped and range from blue to mauve. Carried on upright stems, 45-60cm (1 1/22-2ft) high, they make excellent cut flowers.

Popular species Brodiaea coronaria (syn. B. grandiflora) reaches 45cm (114ft) high and has starry, blue-mauve flowers in late spring to early summer. Brodiaea laxa resembles a tiny Agapanthus, with its loose clusters of dark blue, trumpet-shaped flowers. 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 (lV:ft) high.

Cultivation

Plant the corms in early autumn in small or large groups, spaced 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart. For the best results choose a sheltered, sunny position with light, sandy, well-drained soil.

Propagation: Remove offsets every four or five years.

Pests and diseases: Trouble tree.

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