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Bulbs for California Gardens

Bulbs bring an element of surprise to the garden. Here now, gone for the season, only to come back next year. Many have the ultimate drought avoidance mechanism, they just drop all their foliage and wait it out until the conditions get nice again. This list includes plants with true bulbs, corms and rhizomes. All are plants that completely abandon their above ground foliage at one time of the year or another.

The potential list of bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes is a long one. There are a few Tulips that tolerate our dry summer climate and will come back season after season in spite of our warm winters. Freesia, Ixia, Scilla, and Sparaxis species all do quite well in gardens lucky enough to have warm Winters. Narcissus and Daffodils are often low chill enough to perform quite well. I am fond of the species Gladiolus, Crocosmia and Watsonia group.

California sports a wealth of bulbs of its own, including Allium, Calochortus, Bloomeria, Frittilaria, Tritelia, Zigadenus species

Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes List

Acidanthera bicolor * Peacock Orchid
Albuca nelsonii * Natal Albuca
Allium howellii var howellii * Howell's Onion
Bloomeria crocea * California Goldenstar
Brodiaea elegans ssp elegans * Harvest Brodiaea
Brodiaea Rudy
Calochortus albus * Fairy Lily
Calochortus catalinae * Catalina Mariposa Lily
Calochortus clavaus pallidus* Club Hair Mariposa Lily
Calochortus invenustus * Plain Mariposa Lily
Calochortus kennedyi * Desert Mariposa Lily
Calochortus leichtlinii * Smokey Mariposa Lily
Calochortus minimus * Sierra Mariposa Lily
Calochortus monophyllus * Mariposa Lily
Calochortus plummerae * Plummer's Mariposa Lily
Calochortus venustus * Butterfly Mariposa Lily
Camassia quamash * Camas
Canna Lily Durban * Durban Canna Lily
Canna Lily Lucifer * Lucifer Canna Lily
Crocosmia lucifer * Montbretia
Crocosmia solfatare * Montbretia
Cyrtanthus mackenii * Ifafa Lily
Dichelostemma capitatum * Blue Dicks
Dietes bicolor * Yellow Wild Iris, African Iris
Dietes grandiflora * Fortnight Lily
Dracunculus vulgaris * Voodoo Lily
Freesia alba * Wild Freesia
Frittilaria biflora * Chocolate Lily
Gladiolus dalenii * Corn Flag
Hippeastrum papilio * Butterfly Amaryllis
Hippeastrum Red White * Amaryllis
Hesperocallis undulata * Desert Lily, Ajo Lily
Homeria collina * Cape Tulip
Iphion uniflorum * Spring Star Flower
Iris Black Gamecock * Lousiana Iris Black Gamecock
Iris Dorothea's Ruby * Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris Dorothea's Ruby
Iris hartwegii * Sierra Iris, Hartweg's Iris
Iris Nada * (Iris japonica) Butterfly Iris
Ixia polystachya * African Corn Lily
Lilium parvum * Sierra Tiger Lily
Lycoris radiata * Red Spider Lily
Oxalis oregana * Redwood Sorrell
Oxalis triangularis * Purple Shamrock
Paeonia californica * California Peony
Rhodohypoxis baurii * Rose Grass
Scadoxus membranaceus * Blood Lily
Schizostylis coccinea * Kaffir Lily
Scilla peruviana * Peruvian Lily
Sisyrinchium bellum * Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium californicum * Yellow Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium Rocky Point * Rocky Point Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium striatum * Satin Flower
Sisyrinchium striatum Aunt May * Variegated Satin Flower
Sprekellia formosissima * Aztec Lily
Tricyrtis hirta * Toad Lily
Triteleia laxa * Ithuriel's Spear
Triteleia ixioides ssp analina * Pretty Face
Triteleia Rudy
Tulbaghia fragrans * Sweet Garlic
Veltheimia bracteata * Forest Lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica * Calla Lily
Zephyranthes candida * Fairy Lily
Zigadenus fremontii * Freemont's Star Lily