A perennial herb from 10 to 30 cm in height. It grows from a small grey-brown, egg shaped bulb with a fibrous, net-like network on the surface, inner scales white. The 2-3 or more basal leaves are linear and cylindric, 1-3 mm wide and wither before the flowers appear. The flowers are rose coloured, parchment-like and stand erect. in upright umbels with 7-25 flowers and with 2 bracts under the umbel. Both the sepals and petals are fine pointed and curl outwards. The fruit is a capsule with 3 obscure ridges and black seeds. The entire plant smells and tastes of onion. Blooms from May to July. (Pojar and MacKinnon, 2004; Douglas et al, 2001). Photo by Chris Junck. Click here for propagation information.
Perennial herb from an egg-shaped to nearly globe-shaped, scaly bulb, the outer scales brownish to grey, with a wavy, fibrous network, the inner scales red or white; 10-40 cm tall. 2 to 4 basal leaves, withering early, linear, channeled to cylindric, shorter than the flowering stem, very slender, smooth, margins entire; stem leaves lacking. Flowers white to pink, saucer shaped, of 6 distinct tepals, the tepals 5-9 mm long, lanceolate with pointed tips, spreading, in fruit becoming papery and folding over the ovaries; stamens 6, nearly as long as the tepals; pistil 1, 3-chambered. Seed capsules are more or less egg-shaped, 3-lobed, with 6 low, rounded crests; seeds 6 or fewer, black. Click here for propagation information.
Spring-flowering perennial 10–50 cm tall, growing from a bulb which smells strongly of onion. Many pink, bell-shaped flowers form an umbrella-shaped cluster which “nods” at the end of a leafless stem curved at the top. Self-perpetuating ground-cover. Showy long-season bloomer. Good for front borders, spaced 15-30 cm apart. Flowers spring through summer. Attracts butterflies. Grows in dry open woods, exposed grassy places and rocky crevices. Hardy plant for exposed sites, tolerating full sun to light shade, drought, wind and salt spray. Sandy, well-drained soil; neutral to slightly acidic. Photo by Carrina Maslovat. Click here for propagation information.
Perennial herb up to 30 cm tall from a deeply buried round, scaly corm about 2 cm across. Flowers violet-purple, vase-shaped, 2-4 cm long, unequally stalked; in loose umbels of 2-10 (usually 3-5) flowers. Attractive when used in rockeries and front of borders. Plant 15 cm apart for best results. Mix with nodding onion, common camas, satin flower and native bunchgrasses. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click here for propagation information.
Perennial herb from a deep, egg-shaped bulb 2-4 cm long; flowering stems 20-100 cm tall, smooth. Basal leaves several to numerous, linear-lanceolate and grass-like, to 60 cm long. Use in meadows, grassy slopes and banks. Showy bloom with attractive seed heads. Very tough plant for exposed, hot dry sites once established. Use in containers or along pond edges. Plant bulbs fairly deep and space 6-12” to form a drift in sun in dry to moist but well-drained soil. Photo by Emily Gonzales. Click here for propagation information.
Perennial herb from a deep, egg-shaped bulb 2-4 cm long; flowering stems 20-70 cm tall, smooth. Showy bloom with attractive seed heads. Flowers pale to deep blue, rarely white. Shade-intolerant - se in meadows, grassy slopes and banks. Very tough plant for exposed, hot dry sites once established. Plant bulbs fairly deep and space 6-12” to form a drift in sun in dry to moist but well-drained soil. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Tap-rooted annual; stems spreading to upright, simple to freely branched, leafy, 10-100 cm tall. Simple to freely branches. Leaves alternate, linear to lance-shaped, smooth edges, 2-7 cm long, mostly 2-6 mm wide, unstalked or stalks less than 3 mm long. Petals pink to rose-purple, red-spotted or marked near centre, egg to fan-shaped, not clawed, 1-4 cm long; sepals usually joined and turned to one side, sometimes partially free. Stigmas 1-6 mm long, linear to oval, yellow; styles usually exceeding stamens. Fruits are capsules, linear to somewhat club-shaped, (1) 1.5-4.5 cm long, straight to curved, beakless or with a beak several mm long, 4 grooved when young, later cylindric and 8-ribbed. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click for propagation information.
Somewhat succulent annual or short-lived perennial herb, with a slender taproot. Stem leaves usually fused, forming a disk around the stem above mid-length. Flowers white or pinkish. Grows on a variety of substrates including sand, riverine silts, gravel, rock crevices, talus and scree; also found on burned sites. Prefers moist organic soil. Mulching in the garden with sifted compost will prolong production. Can be used as a garden ground cover. Photo by Emily Gonzales. Click here for propagation information.
Annual herb 5-40 cm tall from a taproot. Leafy stems usually erect of ascending, however, sometimes long and sprawling; may be simple or branched. Flowers are two-lipped, 4-8 mm long. The upper lip is white and 2 lobed; the lower lip is blue and 3 lobed. Attractive plant with potential for the dry garden. Establish either by direct sowing or by nursery-grown plugs. Sow early in the spring because seeds germinate better under cool conditions. Photo by Kathryn Martell. Click here for propagation information.
Leafy perennial that grows 20-120 cm tall, with an inflorescence of one or more compound umbels. Small white flowers attract butterflies. Shade intolerant to mildly tolerant, this species requires full sun: a good garden ornamental for the moist sunny garden. Click here for propagation information.