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Dichelostemma capitatum

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Dichelostemma (dy-kel-OH-stem-uh) (Info)
Species: capitatum (kap-ih-TAY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Brodiaea capitata
Synonym:Brodiaea pulchella
Synonym:Dichelostemma capitatum subsp. capitatum
Synonym:Dichelostemma pulchellum var. capitatum
Synonym:Hookeria pulchella

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Alpines and Rock Gardens
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sherman99 On Apr 5, 2011, sherman99 from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i think the zone info is incorrect as i am in Z9a and have these every year. they grow wild and come back no matter what the winter was like (sometimes in the teens) no matter how much or how little rainfall we get, no matter how hot the summers (110+ sometimes) i love them. a spot of color in the midst of all the chamise.

Positive Scorpioangel On Sep 8, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

The range of the plant is from Washington to California, a very common wildflower in open grassy areas from
February to May.

It grows wild in my yard, moles and birds help spread it around. a very unobtrusive plant. Deer do like to munch on the flower heads just before they bloom.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Malibu, California
Menifee, California
Oak Park, California
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
Gold Hill, Oregon

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