Daisies, watering, and the prolific Brodiaea?

Mysterious plant, Brodiaea? Not Stellaris. Campanula?

Moon, Michaelmas, …and Brodiaea?

A bee visits the mysterious star-shaped plant

Brodiaea ?

We have a supportive gardening community here on WordPress, so I’m aiming to be contradicted today.

A relative was interested in this lovely purple creeping plant, which enjoys both sunshine and shade, is vigorous and yet does not grow from a bulb. I’ve managed to grow it by taking the roots out and watering in well in several places. In dry weather the leaves look brown and dull purple, when watered they are green as you can see in the videos.

I’ve done some research, and come up with the genus Brodiaea, although many of these are bulbs and are related also called cluster- lily. This is a Californian plant. However, further research did not confirm this is the correct name.

If you are a scholar, you may have found some research on JSTOR which states that the genus “Brodiaea (Themidaceae), consists of… 14 or 15 species” which are “almost entirely restricted to the California Floristic Province (Niehaus 1971, 1980; Keator 1993; Pires 2002). The research states that this group of plants was placed with alium but now has been “reassigned” to the family Themidaceae or Asparagaceae (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 2003). Having read a lengthy paper on this, the shape and position of the stamen causes differentiation. These occur in the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills and appear to be bulbs. This means they are not the plant I have in my garden, which Inherited, so any further elucidation from a more learned or familiar blogger/gardner would be most welcome.

  • References:
  • Preston, Robert E. “A RECONSIDERATION OF BRODIAEA MINOR (BENTH.) S. WATSON AND BRODIAEA PURD YI EASTWOOD (THEMIDACEAE), WITH THE RESURRECTION OF BRODIAEA NANA HOOVER.” Madrono, Vol. 53, no 1, 2006, pp. 46-54. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/41425633. Accessed 28 May 2020.


  1. Looks like a campanula to me! I have lots of it in my garden and it’s brilliant for ground cover in awkward spaces. (There are lots of different types of campanula, including tall spires with large ‘bells’ and most are blue but there’s white and pink too.) A great garden plant! 🙂

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