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botanical name:
Dichelostemma ida-maia
Dichelostemma ida-maia © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Californian Firecracker
synonyms:  Brevoortia ida-maia
family:  Liliaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.45m
width: 0.15m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Narrow, keeled leaves and in late spring, wiry, slightly twisted stems carry umbels of drooping, tubular, bright crimson-red flowers tipped with yellow-green and white throats. Becomes dormant in summer.

Well drained, light soil in sun and a sheltered position. Needs moisture while in active growth but otherwise drought tolerant. Keep dry in Winter.

By seed or division of corm offsets.
In the wild the flowers are pollinated by humming birds.

Best planted amidst low growing foliage plants which will obscure the basal foliage which is usually dying back while the flowers are produced.

other notes:
Native to California and Oregon, found in open grasslands.

pronounced: dy-kel-OH-stem-a EYE-da MAY-a
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