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Golden Stars
Bloomeria crocea var. aurea
About Golden Stars (Bloomeria crocea var. aurea) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Bloomeria aurea, with common name Golden stars, is a species of Bloomeria that is endemic to California. When blooming in late spring, its bright colors are distinctive. Bloomeria aurea grow in dry flats and hillsides, and grassy slopes and ridges often in heavy soils and especially in foothill woods, up to 1500 meters in elevation. Golden stars grow in the coastal sage scrub, chaparral, valley grassland and oak woodland plant communities from Baja California in Mexico, to Santa Barbara and Kern Counties in central California. Individuals of this species have a solid bulb, fibrous-coated, long narrow leaves, and a bracted cluster of many flowers (like exploding fireworks) at the top of tall flower stalk. Individuals of this species have a solid bulb, fibrous-coated, long narrow leaves, and a bracted cluster of many flowers (like exploding fireworks) at the top of tall flower stalk. Bloomeria aurea is cultivated as an ornamental plant by specialty native plant nurseries. The plants require a warm position and well-drained rich sandy loam. During the growing season plants need moisture. When dormancy sets in and the foliage dies down, they should be kept dry until the autumn growth appears. These plants can rarely be seen in the colder areas, since the temperatures down between -5 and -10 degreesC can be tolerated.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 11.1" - 21.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 2.34", Coldest Month: 39.4" - 54.1", Hottest Month: 67.2" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.89" - 26.19", Elevation: 188" - 5344"

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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