Habitat: sunny, open position
Soil: gritty, well drained
Height: 60 cm
Width: 20 cm
The genera Brodiaea, Dichelostemma and Triteleia, from western North America, have kept the botanists busy for many years, and lots of plants have been placed in several different genera. Regardless of the taxonomic problems, they are pretty bulbs (corms), easy to grow in sunny, well-drained places, producing their loose heads of many starry flowers in summer. They are good growing through low ground-covering plants.Triteleia hyacinthina NNS06-560 is sometimes known as 'fool's onion'. It has narrow sharply pointed leaves above which there are tall stems with clusters of white tubular flowers. Sonmtimes there is a touch of purple to the throat.
|Triteleia '4U' has narrow, linear leaves and loose umbels of lavender to pink funnel-shaped flowers.|
|Triteleia hyacinthina is known as the white brodiaea, (despite now having a different genus name! At least the white part is correct, as it does have white (or very pale blue) flowers, albeit with green central veins to the petals.|
|Triteleia laxa 'Koningin Fabiola' has strong purple flowers, funnel shaped, with a darker purple stripe along each petal. Named after a queen of the Netherlands.|