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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
description:
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.

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

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

usage:
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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