TRITELEIA laxa 'Queen Fabiola'
Triteleia laxa 'Queen Fabiola'Triteleia (aka Brodiaea) was one of the very first things I planted in the garden, back in 2000. I don't think I've ever taken a photograph of it, or blogged about it. Or watered it. Or cared for it in any way. Or paid much attention to it at all.
What I've been missing:
Triteleia is an edible(!) corm native to the Western United States. Northern California in particular is home to many species. 'Queen Fabiola', a cultivar or selection, is readily available for sale.
Mine came from a big box store in a package marked "Plant your very own blue garden!", marked down 90%. The package contained a blue bearded iris, a few Dutch Iris bulbs, and the Triteleia. The Iris are long forgotten, or never grew, while the Triteleia go on and on.
It's effortless, living and blooming on winter rain alone, even when winter rain is about 5" total, as it has been for the past two years.
It wasn't completely effortless to photograph. I had to crawl behind a rose and squeeze against a wall to reach where the Triteleia quietly lives, forgotten.
Forgotten no more.