Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum

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Chlorogalum pomeridianum Bulb
Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Species Name: Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum
Common Name: Soap Plant

Beautiful native bulb has white flowers with green and purple tinges. The flowers stalks can reach up to 6' H. Bulb juice can be mixed in water to produce soapy suds. Bulb is edible and can be roasted.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Clumping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwest, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Westen Central Valley, Central West, Southwest CA
Natural Habitat: Open grassland, chaparral, woodland below 4700'

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Care and Maintenance
Plant the base of the bulb at a depth three times the height of the bulb. Stop watering once the leaves begin to turn brown, but keep leaves on the plant until they turn completely brown.

Other Names
Laothoe pomeridiana Raf. -- Fl. Tellur. iii. 53 (1836).

  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.

ITIS Report
1993 Jepson Manual Treatment