Scientific Name

Dipterostemon (Dichelostemma) capitatus

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In the wilder environs of Los Angeles, you can still find Blue Dicks blooming on grassy hillsides, under oaks and weaving itself into clearings among coastal sage scrub and chaparral. They even make an occasional, astonishing appearance on trashy, undeveloped hillside lots in the city itself, proving that, while they might appear delicate with their lavender- purple to pale yellow petals, these gorgeous corms are anything but.

Whether you choose a sunny or partly shady spot for them in your garden, make sure they have well-draining soil in an area that requires little to no supplemental water in the summer. (Like most native California geophytes (i.e., bulbs and corms), Blue Dicks need dry conditions during their period of summer dormancy). In full sun, try a companion planting of local Needlegrass (Stipa species) and wildflowers for a quickly-establishing patch of grassland habitat. Alternatively, plant in pockets amid smallish, summer-dry plants such as such as Coast Prickly Pear (Opuntia litoralis), White Sage (Salvia apiana) Wooly Bluecurls (Trichostema lanatum) and Cliff Aster (Corethrogyne filaginafolia). If you’re adding Blue Dicks to the dappled shade of an existing tree’s understory, they play well with Small Flowered Melic Grass (Melica imperfecta) and Rooreh (Claytonia perfoliata).

For you geophyte neophytes out there, our California native bulbs come with a handy-dandy planting guide that will demystify bringing these beautiful and fascinating plants into your garden.

For you taxonomy nerds out there, after some back-and-forth over the last 150 years or so, the genus of Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma) was apparently replaced by Dipterostemon in 2017 by the Plus Haut et Plus Puissant Conseil Secret des Sorciers Botaniques.* Does that mean we should be calling them “Blue Dips”?

*The Most High and Most Powerful Secret Council of Botanical Wizards

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Bitter Gooseberry

Ribes amarum

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Blue Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea

Blue Wildrye

Elymus glaucus

Branching Phacelia

Phacelia ramosissima

Brickell Bush

Brickellia californica

California Aster

Corethrogyne filaginifolia

California Aster

Corethrogyne filaginifolia

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California Four O’Clock

Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia

California Fuchsia

Epilobium canum ssp. canum

California Prickly Phlox

Linanthus californicus

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Canyon Dudleya

Dudleya cymosa

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Cardinal Catchfly

Silene laciniata

Caterpillar Phacelia

Phacelia cicutaria

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Coast Live Oak

Quercus agrifolia

Coast Prickly Pear

Opuntia littoralis

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Frangula californica

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Fiesta Flower

Pholistoma auritum

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Fuchsiaflower Gooseberry

Ribes speciosum

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Hollyleaf Redberry

Rhamnus ilicifolia

Longstem Buckwheat

Eriogonum elongatum

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Mountain Mahogany

Cercocarpus betuloides

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Poison Oak

Toxicodendron diversilobum

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Punch Bowl Godetia

Clarkia bottae


Claytonia perfoliata

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Round Leafed Boykinia

Boykinia rotundifolia

Sacred Datura

Datura wrightii

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Santa Barbara Honeysuckle

Lonicera subspicata var. denudata

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Saw-Toothed Goldenbush

Hazardia squarrosa var. grindelioides

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Scarlet Larkspur

Delphinium cardinale

Silver Puffs

Uropappus lindleyi

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Soap Plant

Chloroglaum pomeridianum

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Southern Bush Monkeyflower

Diplacus longiflorus

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Southern California Black Walnut

Juglans californica

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Spotted Humboldt’s Lily

Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum


Helianthus annuus

Threadleaf Ragwort

Senecio flaccidus

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Heteromeles arbutifolia

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Western Columbine

Aquilegia formosa

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Western Wallflower

Erysimum capitatum

Wild Heliotrope