Long, erect, green stems branch near the top into several smaller stems which bear bright purple or lavender flowers which are tubular at first, before opening into six-pointed star shapes. These appear in late spring to early summer, opening gradually in succession to give a colourful display over a number of weeks. It is found in the wild on dry rocky bluffs and open woods, usually in heavy soil in the northern Coast Ranges, and the northern and central Sierra foothills of California, and also into Oregon up to 1,000 meters.
Sow seeds at any time, covering them very thinly with compost or grit, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed pot in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:Bridges' brodiaea, Brodiaea bridgesii
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial