Lily, Twining Snake; Dichelostemma volubile
Mid Bloomer. Purple-pink urn-shaped flowers clustered on purple-pink vining stems. Long, weak stems seek support, twine on branches, grasses etc.
Notes: Lily family. The flowers are clustered on umbels. It's fun to let people try to trace back to where the ‘snaking’ stems begin their ‘journey.’ The bulbs are edible (one of the “Indian potatoes”) and have a mild garlic/onion flavor, as they are related to the Alliums: garlic, onions, leeks etc. As with other Dichelostemma, the leaves are long and grass-like. They prefer shady, grassy areas (including around Poison Oak). Dichelostemma means ‘toothed crown’ in reference to the forked tamen appendages. The Latin volubile means ‘twining’. It was formerly called Brodiaea volubilis, with common name Twining Brodiaea. Blue Dicks are also classified as Dichelostemma.
Click on species name below to go to USDA for this species.Kingdom Plantae -- Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida -- Monocotyledons
Family Liliaceae -- Lily family
Genus Dichelostemma Kunth -- snakelily
Species Dichelostemma volubile (Kellogg) Heller
-- twining snake lily
Lily, Twining Snake (Dichelostemma volubile)