Triteleia, Grass Nut, Ithuriel's Spear, Wally Basket 'Queen Fabiola'

Triteleia laxa

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Triteleia (try-TELL-ay-uh) (Info)
Species: laxa (LAKS-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Queen Fabiola




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Fair Oaks, California

Merced, California

Pacifica, California

Lula, Georgia

Olathe, Kansas

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Henderson, Nevada

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Delaware, Ohio

Pocola, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Fate, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Magna, Utah

Gore, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

Weirton, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2017, Krootie from Weirton, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I purchase a small bag of the bulbs about 10 years ago on an end of season clearance table. Planted them in different parts of my garden and find full sun provides a better display and they multiply more rapidly. They do accept part shade as well as full shade. The deer seem to nibble and test them, but not fully consume. They are a pleasing surprise blooming as spring displays finish and before the summer blooms arrive. Let the leaves die back naturally to assure blooms the following years. A wonderful addition to a perennial garden.


On May 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Flowering is in late spring to early summer, after most spring bulbs are finished. The basal foliage dies down while flowering is beginning.

Native to western N. America, it needs to be kept dry during its summer dormancy. The corm reconstitutes itself during dormancy, summer through winter, and should not be disturbed then.

I've had the species come back for a couple of years in succession, here in Boston. Can be difficult here in the east, where summers are wet.

Hardy to Z5 with mulch.


On May 25, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the 3rd year I have grown these Triplet Lilies. I planted them in a garden that I really didn't get all the bermuda grass eradicated out of, so I am often somewhat abusive in my attempts to get the grass out from around them...yet they continue to multiply and offer more and more blooms each year. I don't think I have lost a one. They don't multiply out of control like a week though, it is just a nice increase each year. I have them planted in full sun. They bloom in May. The foilage doesn't look as good for me as some. It may be because I have them planted in too much heat. However, they still bloom well. They are slight flowers and so my suggestion is to grow them in front of and inbetween grander flowers such as Gladiolus and Iris. With that said, I really like them and p... read more


On Jul 20, 2011, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Cold hardiness zones 5-9.


On May 4, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I thought this was a weed, growing freely under a large mulberry tree until I pulled one up and saw the bulb. These will multiply easily left in the ground in zone 9 in deep shade. One of the earliest spring surprises.