Brodiaea coronaria

Harvest Brodiaea

Stem erect. Leaves 1–3 from base, grass-like, withering before bloom time. Flower clusters open on uneven stalks. Flowers lavender-blue, violet, or rose, vase-shaped, consisting of 6 petals, 3 fertile stamens, and 3 sterile staminodes that are flat, wider at base, with margins tightly inrolled and leaning inward toward stamens. Grows in grasslands, volcanic mesas, often in large populations, at low to mid elevations. Brodiaea and closely related Bloomeria, Dichelostemma, and Triteleia are best separated by small characteristics in reproduction parts. Use of a small hand lens is most helpful.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--10 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Coastal
  • Found In: Columbia Basin, Siskiyous, Olympic Np, West Gorge, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes