Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wildflower Wednesday: Dichelostemma capitatum
When I decided to post them this morning for Wildflower Wednesday, I thought I had better try once again to ID them. Results: Dichelostemma capitatum, commonly called Blue Dicks. It's a beauty. Said to grow to around 2 ft (61 cm) tall, those in the yard are somewhat smaller at this point. Wild populations fluctuate considerably, being strongest after fire or other natural soil disturbance. The plants fare better with some cultivation and were, in fact, cultivated as a food starch source by native Americans. (Most of the above information is from Wikepedia, of course!)
As I say, the species thrives where the corms can be spread by soil disturbance. I strongly suspect that our (very desert) property was 'dozed to make it presentable when it went on the market in 2013. We have had a number of "disturbed soil" types popping up, for instance the little chinchweed, a friendly face and hard to call a weed though it spread like one last summer... And now Blue Dicks - most emphatically not a weed but a classy little wildflower!
I will link this, my first Wildflower Wednesday post with Gail's fifth anniversary for the meme (congratulations, Gail!) at Clay and Limestone.