Dichelostemma congestum (Ookow)


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Plant Description: sprouting from a bulb, the leafless flower stalk of this plant is topped by a densely-flowered cluster. The light purplish-blue flower head is comprised of up to 20 small flowers and is pinched slightly just below the flower head. At the center of each flower is a deeply notched crown surrounding the stamen giving the name fork-toothed ookow. A few thin leaves arise from the bulb and have a distinct ridge running down the center, resembling that of a keel of a boat. The fruits are oval capsules.
  • Height: up to 2ft
  • Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Prefers well-drained soil
  • Bloom Time: April and June

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is found near the Pacific coast in meadows, open woods, and grassy slopes from sea level to 6500 ft (2000 m). This is a drought tolerant plant. 

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