Wildflowers of the Mojave Desert: Dichelostemma Capitatum


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Dichelostemma Capitatum
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Flower color of dichelostemma capitatum (blue dicks) ranges from pink to purple to blue. Flowers are born as a small terminal cluster atop leafless, onion-like stems - the thin, linear leaves are found only at the base, usually numbering just two or three. Plants grow from tubers, and can remain dormant for several years, sprouting only after the right amount of rainfall. This species inhabits deserts or semi-deserts, over a wide geographical range, from Oregon to New Mexico.

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