Cluster Lily – Dichelstemma congestum

Asparagus Family – Asparagaceae

Actual flower size: 1 inch long

Actual flower size: 1 inch long

Cluster Lily is also called Ookow, Forktooth Ookow, or Ball-head Cluster Lily. Former Latin name was Brodiaea congesta.

Plant Description: Cluster Lily has a flowering stem that is up to 4 feet tall with a tight, 2 inch, ball-like cluster of 6 to 15 flowers at the top. It has 2 or 3 flattened, grass-like leaves that are nearly as long as the flower stem, have a keel on the lower side, and remain green during blooming

Flower Description: The 6, 1 inch-long, lavender tepals are rounded at the ends and spread widely from a cup-shaped tube.  There are 3 fertile stamens with broad filaments attached almost to the anthers. The 3 staminoids are also attached almost to the anthers tips, which are divided, like a two teeth.

Ecology: Cluster Lily grows in open grassy, somewhat rocky areas at lower elevations.

Note: Cluster Lily has been moved from the Lily Family to the Asparagus Family.  See “APG Changes” page



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