Dichelostemma ida-maia

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Dichelostemma ida-maia Bulb
Dichelostemma ida-maia
Dichelostemma ida-maia

Species Name: Dichelostemma ida-maia
Common Name: Firecracker Flower

Striking plant with whose flowers have a bright red tube and green petals. Best grown in light shade.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1' H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well draining
Water Requirements: Dry
Cold Hardy to: 6000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Red/Green
Distribution: North Coast, Klamath Range
Natural Habitat: Forest edges, grassland near coast

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "A striking and beautiful plant, with long slender stems, headed with numerous tubular, bright crimson flowers, which are tipped with pale green. Very effective for planting in rock works, among ferns. Each 5c; per doz. 40c."
Other Names
  • 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. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.