Edible native bulb with showy spikes bearing numerous blue flowers. Found in open grassy areas of the western states, prefers spring moisture. This is a highly variable species with geographical variants that are recognized as subspecies. Note there is much overlap in habitat and differences in morphology are to be expected.
Northwest native aromatic shrub, to 3-12’ depending on conditions. An attractive ornamental with fragrant white flowers. Prefers well-drained soils in sunny or partially shaded conditions. Nitrogen-fixing capabilities allow the species to thrive in nutrient-poor soils. Difficult to grow in a container.