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Brodiaea elegans

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Brodiaea (broh-dih-EE-uh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Flowers are good for cutting

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On May 15, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I purchased this bulb b/c the nursery owner, whom I trust, said it was a wonderful bulb, very tolerant of various condititions. I look forward to it multiplying as a single bulb doesn't make much of a statement. Commonly known as elegant clusterlily. Foliage dies before blooming.

Positive anelson77 On May 20, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Pretty blue flowers keep coming back and increasing their numbers in a variety of conditions: poor, dry soil, shade, sun. Blooms in May and June.


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

Redlands, California
Boise, Idaho
Salem, Oregon
Tangent, Oregon
Richmond, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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