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Triteleia hyacinthina
white brodiaea, fool's-onion, wild hyacinth

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Sagebrush deserts and grassy, often rocky areas from low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, beetles


Scapose perennial from a scaly, deep-seated corm.


Leaves 1-2, flat but keeled beneath, 3-10 mm. broad and up to 4 dm. long, not withered by flowering.


Umbels many-flowered, the pedicels slender, 1-4 cm. long; perianth broadly bell-shaped, 10-16 mm. long, the 6 segments 2-3 times as long as the tube, white to light blue, with prominent bluish-green mid-vein; tepals broadly lanceolate to oblong-obovate, the 2 series much alike; fertile stamens 6, the filaments up to twice as long as the anthers, broadly triangular, wider toward the base.


Capsule 3-celled, with a slender stipe nearly as long.

Accepted Name:
Triteleia hyacinthina (Lindl.) Greene
Publication: Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 142. 1886.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Brodiaea dissimulata M. Peck [Peck]
Brodiaea hyacinthina (Lindl.) Baker [HC]
Hesperoscordum hyacinthinum Lindl. [Abrams]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Triteleia hyacinthina in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Triteleia hyacinthina checklist entry

OregonFlora: Triteleia hyacinthina information

E-Flora BC: Triteleia hyacinthina atlas page

CalPhotos: Triteleia hyacinthina photos

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