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Brodiaea minor

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About Sierra Brodiaea (Brodiaea minor) Brodiaea minor is a species of flowering plant in the cluster-lily genus known by the common names dwarf brodiaea and vernalpool brodiaea. It is endemic to central California, where it grows in the grassland habitat of the Central Valley and adjacent Sierra Nevada foothills. It is a small perennial producing an erect flower cluster up to 10 centimeters tall which bears light purple flowers on short pedicels. Each flower is urn-shaped with narrow, spreading petals 1 to 2 centimeters long. In the center of the flower are three fertile stamens and three prominent, protruding sterile stamens known as staminodes.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
4 in (10.2 cm)

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Grassy or gravelly clay places


Elevation ?
44' - 4943'

Annual Precip. ?
12.9" - 79.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.21" - 1.72"

Coldest Month ?
32.0° F - 55.4° F

Hottest Month ?
62.3° F - 76.3° F

Humidity ?
1.62 vpd - 26.50 vpd

Fast, Medium, Slow

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Brodiaea purdyi

Common Names
Vernalpool Brodiaea, Dwarf Brodiaea

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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