Explosive, red flowers that have the potential to bloom from early October all the way through to December! The flowers open in umbels, up to 8cm across. On established bulbs the blooms open in groups of up to 10, and each flower is 2-3cm long.
The flowers of Californian Firecracker Plants are saturated, strong red with complimentary, soft green, curling sepals on airy, slightly curved stems to 40cm. They make good cut flowers.
The foliage is narrow and grass like, growing with the autumn and winter rains, and fading as the flowers begin to bloom. After flowering, Californian Firecracker will soon become dormant..
During the summer dormancy, Californian Firecracker Plants require a hot, dry period. For this reason it is ideal in dry garden beds.
Plant Californian Firecracker Plant 10cm deep in a warm spot in the garden. Water in and keep moist in active growth. Grow in full sun in cool climates and part shade in warmer areas. Plant into a well drained soil.
Californian Firecracker Plant can be propagated from seed, but this can be a bit challenging. They will also produce offsets at a moderate rate which can be divided and shared with friends.
Native to the grasslands of North America, where they are pollinated by Humming Birds. The botanical name is Dichelostemma ida-maia, Dichelostemma meaning a split stem, and ida-maia is named after a stage coach drivers daughter.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade