Blue Dick


Scientific Name: Dichelostemma capitatum

Common Name: Bluedick
Family: Liliaceae or Lily Family
Duration: Perennial

Size: Up to 27 inches more or less.

Growth Form: Forb/herb;
Leaves: Green; few (2-3) leaves rising directly from the bulbs;
Flower Color: Blue, blue-purple, pink-purple, blue-violet or white; inflorescence head or umbel-like structure; 2 to 15 flowers in dense clusters;
Flowering Season: February to May.

Comments: A common and often abundant plant found in the southwestern United States. The root structures are corms (a swollen underground plant stem that serves as a storage though the winter) often incorrectly referred to as bulbs in the literature. This species is a food item for western North American indigenous peoples.