Androstephium violaceum Torr.
Brodiaea coerulea (Scheele) J.F.Macbr.
Milla coerulea Scheele
Common Name: Blue Funnel Lily
Androstephium coeruleum is a perennial plant growing from a fibrous-coated corm. It produces several leaves 10 - 30cm long from the corm and a flowering stem usually 10 - 20cm long, exceptionally to 35cm[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Southern N. America - Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.
Prairies and grassy slopes, frequently in rocky areas; at elevations of 100 - 800 metres[
When the bulbs are planted about 15cm deep, they are generally hardy to -10°c or more if the drainage is perfect.
Requires a very well-drained rich sandy loam and a sunny position[
]. It does well in sunny raised beds in an alkaline soil.
]. No more details are given, but the bulb is rather small, usually less than 25mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a frame or greenhouse until large enough to go outdoors. Plant out whilst the plants are dormant in the autumn.
Division of offsets when the plant is dormant in late summer.