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Castle Hot Springs Rd - Sue Smith


Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dichelostemma capitatum - bluedicks

Other Common Names: blue dicks
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Liliaceae


   
 
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Flowers
Castle Hot Springs Rd
Sue Smith
Leaves
Castle Hot Springs Rd
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Coconino NF Walker Basin Allotment East
John Kava
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Dichelostemma capitatum grows from an underground corm. The funnel-shaped flowers are purple-blue and form rounded clusters at the top of a leafless, twisted stem. The corms were gathered and eaten by Native Americans. Many animals also eat the corms.
Height: To 2 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Open plains and hillsides.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 7000 feet


Flower Characteristics

Color: Light purple to blue     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: The purple-blue, sometimes white flowers form a dense, rounded cluster on top of a curved or twisted, fleshy stem. The individual flowers are 1 inch wide and have 6 petal-like segments.


Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Each plant has 2 to 3 green, narrow, grasslike leaves that are up to 16 inches long. The crushed leaves smell like onions.


Fruit and Seed Characteristics

No Fruit or seed notes


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