Triteleia laxa / Brodiaea laxa

("Triplet lily / Fool's onion")

Triteleia laxa / Brodiaea laxa

Largely unknown but a very undemanding North American native species that will naturalize when happy in a climate that is not too cold. The funnel-shaped flowers, which are arranged in an umbel, open up one at a time so the flowering period lasts for quite a while.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Very late Spring - Early Summer

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?

In mild climates: Fall - In cold climates: Spring

What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Light blue to almost white

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

2 in / 5 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

3 in / 8 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

15-18 in / 38-45 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders, rock gardens, amongst low-growing perennials and as cutflowers.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Queen Fabiola' (intense blue-mauve).

About the Family

Triteleia Family

Native to Western North America, from British Columbia southwards all the way to Guatemala, but they are most common in California.

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