Hyacinth brodiaea, known by many other common names (white hyacinth, wild hyacinth, and fool’s onion), is a spring blooming bulb that brings delicate white umbels of flowers to open sunny gardens, rock gardens and meadowscapes. It's an especially attractive addition to pollinator gardens, as it supports a range of bees and butterflies in the early season.
- 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 attract and provide nectar to adult butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators
- Native habitat/range: Wet meadows and slopes from sea level to 7400 ft in southwest BC, both sides of the Cascades in WA and OR, much of CA, Western NV and ID. Portland Plant List - yes.
- Special features & uses: landscape uses include rock gardens, pollinator gardens and meadowscapes
Gardening with Hyacinth Brodiaea: It does great with moist to wet clay soils such as a meadow or rock garden, that are wet in the winter months but become bone dry basking in the summer sun. After blooming, hyacinth brodiaea goes dormant, dying back completely to its corm, until sprouting again the next year in late winter. Intermix this plant in multiples 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