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Water Wise Plants

Triteleia laxa ‘Queen Fabiola’

Pronunciation
trit-el-AY-ah LAKS-uh
Common Name
Triteleia 'Queen Fabiola'
Plant Type
Bulb
Mature Size
Flower stalks are 6 to 28 in. tall
Water Requirements
None: avoid summer water
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Wildlife
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Triteleia ‘Queen Fabiola’ is a California native bulb with very pretty purple blue flowers in the late spring and early summer. It has grass like leaves that go dormant in the summer.

In the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden we have planted 'Queen Fabiola' in several beds on edge of the garden that receive limited or no supplemental water. We have found that because 'Queen Fabiola' has delicate flowers and blooms in the late spring when lots is going on in the garden, this bulb needs to be massed to make an impact.

Avoid summer water especially in clay soil. We remove the brown leaves in the summer to keep a tidy look, but that's not necessary.

Triteleia 'Queen Fabiola' used to be called Brodiaea and many bulb catalogs still list it under that name.

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