This native bulb produces gray-green basal leaves. The showy flowers produce tepals that die and persist in some species.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLoose or dense terminal clusters support showy star- or cup-shaped blue, purple or white flowers. Some Native Americans used the bulb as a staple foodcrop.
CarePlant bulbs 4 inches deep in autumn, in moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
PropagationSow seed in a cold frame when ripe. Extract offsets when dormant in summer.
ProblemsLeaf smut and a few fungal leaf spots may occur.