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Star Flowered Brodiaea
Brodiaea stellaris

About Star Flowered Brodiaea (Brodiaea stellaris) Brodiaea stellaris is a species of flowering plant in the cluster-lily genus known by the common name starflower brodiaea. It is endemic to northern California, where it grows on the serpentine soils of the North Coast Ranges. This perennial produces a short flower cluster only a few centimeters tall which bears flowers on pedicels. Each flower has six blue-purple petals up to 1.5 centimeters long. At the center of the flower are large white sterile stamens called staminodes which surround the distinctive forked fertile stamens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.4 in (6.1 cm)

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
126' - 2779'

Annual Precip. ?
25.5" - 69.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 1.29"

Coldest Month ?
38.9° F - 49.6° F

Hottest Month ?
63.2° F - 72.8° F

Humidity ?
0.36 vpd - 20.93 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
5, 15, 16, 17*

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Starflower Brodiaea, Starflower Clusterlily

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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