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Twining Snakelily
Dichelostemma volubile

About Twining Snakelily (Dichelostemma volubile) Dichelostemma volubile is a species of flowering plant known by the common names twining snakelily and twining brodiaea. This wildflower is endemic to the mountain foothills of California, where it grows in scrub and woodland. It grows tall, erect, naked stems topped with spherical flower clusters of up to 30 densely-packed pink flowers. Each flower is a tube up to a centimeter long with a spreading corolla of six petal-like lobes. The purplish or reddish stems may twine tightly around each other and occasionally other plants.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.3 ft (0.7 m)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
81' - 11310'

Annual Precip. ?
13.1" - 66.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.21" - 1.98"

Coldest Month ?
24.6° F - 52.0° F

Hottest Month ?
45.5° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
1.31 vpd - 25.80 vpd

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

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Optimum germination requires 40°F constant with 8 hrs. light per day or a wide diurnal fluctuation from 40° to 80°F (Keator 1968). Sowing outdoors in fall may give satisfactory germination.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Twining Brodiaea, Twining Snake-lily

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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