Hyacinth Brodiaea
Hyacinth brodiaea (Triteleia hyacinthina) One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Hyacinth Brodiaea

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Triteleia hyacinthina

Aka White Hyacinth, Wild Hyacinth, or Fool’s Onion

Hyacinth Brodiaea brings a cheery white umbel of blooms to meadows that are wet in spring and dry in summer, attracting a range of bees and butterflies. 

  • Plant type/canopy layer: deciduous perennial herbaceous plant, herb/ground layer
  • Size at maturity: 12-24" tall, 3-6" wide
  • Light requirements: full sun to light shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet winters, dry summers
  • Bloom time: May - July
  • Growth rate/ease: moderate growth rate, easy to grow
  • Wildlife support: blooms for bees and butterflies
  • Native habitat/range: Wet meadows and slopes in low to mid elevations in SW BC, both sides of the Cascades in WA and OR, much of CA, Western NV and ID. Portland Plant List - yes. 

Gardening with Hyacinth Brodiaea:  It does great with moist to wet clay soils in a meadow or rock garden setting provided it can dry out and bask in the summer sun. After blooming, Hyacinth Brodiaea goes summer dormant, dying back completely to its corm, until sprouting again the next year in later winter. Intermix this plant among other perennials, grasses and wildflowers that will take the stage in late summer and fall once it has died back.  

Photo Credit 1: "File:Triteleia hyacinthina 2.jpg" by Stan Shebs is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 

Photo Credit 2: "File:Triteleia hyacinthina 1.jpg" by Stan Shebs is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0