Blue Dicks

Dichelostemma capitatum

Dichelostemma capitatum photo by Michael Plagens

Slopes of Mt. Humbolt, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 28 Feb 2013.

Dichelostemma capitatum Photo by Michael Plagens

Leaves emerge from underground bulbs in early spring looking much like chives. Photographed in the Hedgepeth Hills, Maricopa County, Arizona. January 2008.

FLOWERS: Blue, lilac or purple flowers in a several-flowered cluster at top of long flexible peduncle. Flowering early to mid spring.

PERENNIAL: Long-lived bulbs (corms) produce new growth and flowers year after year in the early spring.

LEAVES: Basal leaves are 20 to 50 cm long. Smooth and succulent. After flowering and as the fruit develop the leaves wither away not to be seen again until the next winter rains.

RANGE: Frequent throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico mostly on rocky slopes and bajadas.

FRUIT: Dry three-valved capsule.


Asparagaceae/Liliaceae -- Asparagas Family

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updated 25 Jan. 2017.