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Care of the plant Triteleia laxa or Triplet lily.

Care of the bulbous plant Triteleia laxa or Triplet lily

The genus Triteleia, family Asparagaceae, includes 15 species of corm plant native to western North America. Some species are: Triteleia laxa, Triteleia lilacina, Triteleia crocea, Triteleia ixioides, Triteleia peduncularis.

Common names: Triplet lily, Common triteleia, Ithuriel's spear, Grassnut, Wallybasket. Scientific synonym of Brodiaea laxa. This species is native to California.

They are bulbous plants that reach 45 cm (17.7") in height. The lace-like leaves are light green and wither during flowering. The showy blue or white flowers appear in umbels above the leaves. They bloom in spring. The rest period is in summer.

These easy-to-grow plants are used in beds, rockeries, borders, pots and as cut flowers.

Triteleia laxa prefers full sun exposure but will also grow in partial shade. They resist frost down to -12 ºC (10.4 ºF).

They grow in any soil that has good drainage. The bulbs are planted in autumn at a depth of 8 cm. It is not necessary to dig up the bulbs in summer.

Water regularly in spring, autumn and winter, waiting for the substrate to be almost dry. In summer do not water because they remain at rest. They resist a few days of drought.

They do not need fertilizer.

Prune dry leaves after flowering.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in autumn or by division of the bulbs in early summer (after flowering). 

Images of the bulbous plant Triteleia laxa or Triplet lily

Triteleia laxa
Triteleia laxa
Triteleia laxa