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blue dick flower

Blue dick flower

Flower Color: Blue, blue-purple, pink-purple, blue-violet or white; inflorescence head or umbel-like structure; 2 to 15 flowers in dense clusters; perianth tube narrowly cylindric, short bell-shaped or short campanulate; stamens 6, smaller 3 on outer perianth parts.

Wetland Indicator: In North America Dichelostemma capitatum has the following wetland designations:
Arid West; FACU.
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast, FACU.
FACU = Facultative Upland, usually occur in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands.
Synonyms: (Dichelostemma pulchellum)

Dichelostemma capitatum has been used for food and traded by southern United States indigenous peoples.

  • Apache, San Carlos Food, Unspecified; Blue flowers eaten raw.
  • Apache, San Carlos Food, Unspecified; Bulbs eaten raw or cooked in spring.
  • Cahuilla Food, Unspecified; Corms eaten raw or cooked.
  • Kawaiisu Other, Fasteners; Corms rubbed on metate into an adhesive & spread on seed gathering baskets to close the interstices.
  • Miwok Food, Unspecified; Bulbs steamed in earth oven and eaten.
  • Paiute Food, Dried Food; Roots dried and stored.
  • Papago Food, Unspecified; Bulbs eaten raw in spring before other crops appeared.
  • Pima, Gila River Food, Snack Food; Bulbs eaten primarily by children as snack food.
  • Pomo, Kashaya Food, Vegetable; Baked or boiled corms eaten like baked or boiled potatoes.
    See ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.
    Leaves: Green; few (2-3) leaves rising directly from the bulbs; leaf blade barely keeled.
    U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
    Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
    Flowering Season: February to May

    North America & US County Distribution Map for Dichelostemma capitatum.

    Southwest Desert Flora Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts Dichelostemma capitatum, Bluedick Scientific Name: Dichelostemma capitatum Common Name: