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Dichelostemma multiflorum

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About Wild Hyacinth (Dichelostemma multiflorum) Dichelostemma multiflorum is one of several species in the Themidaceae sometimes referred to as Wild Hyacinth. The genus Dichelostemma was previously included with Brodiaea, and some sources still refer to it by that name. This species is a native perennial herb that grows from a corm. It is found primarily in inland northern California, from Mariposa County northward, where it is found in grassy and open places at elevations from 0-5,000 feet. This species is somewhat less popular for garden use compared with others in the genus, but it is a good choice for mountain gardens in the Sierras and Cascades.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.8 ft (0.9 m)

Max. Width
1 ft (0.3 m)

Summer Deciduous

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Grassy and open places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
38' - 14090'

Annual Precip. ?
12.2" - 121.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 3.85"

Coldest Month ?
10.8° F - 51.2° F

Hottest Month ?
34.1° F - 76.3° F

Humidity ?
0.43 vpd - 26.55 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers heavy soils but tolerates a variety of garden soils

Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Sunset Zones ?
5, 6, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
Like other members of the genus, it is most effective when massed. Individual corms will not bloom every year. Use with annuals, herbaceous perennials, or geophytes such as onion (Allium sp.), Brodiaea sp., Mariposa Lily (Calochortus sp.), Poppy (Eschscholzia or Papaver sp.), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), and Lily (Lilium sp.)

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Rarely Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Propagation ?
Can be grown from seed but more commonly from an established corm

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Brodiaea multiflora

Common Names
Roundtooth Snakelily

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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