This beautiful native to the southwestern states is great for arid, low-maintenance areas. An early bloomer, this low-growing species grows quickly and has a large flower similar to the true English bluebell with large incredibly brilliant blue flowers on stalks with roundish hairy leaves. Plant Desert Bluebells in sandy, well-drained soil. Avoid overcrowding and plant in the full sun. These can re-sow themselves where the seed is able to make soil contact.
In desert areas, these are a late winter to spring flowering accent. Flowers last about 4 weeks usually around the month of March. In desert landscaping, pair Desert Bluebells with California Poppies for a striking color combination. Sow at 1/16 inch depth. Optimum soil germination temperature is between 60 and 70 F. Usually that is in late Nov. to Dec. in the southwest. If the seed is allowed to disperse in the late spring, the seeds will germinate again the next late fall and winter when the soils are moist. Note: The fine hairs on the plant can cause skin rash for people that are sensitive.
Pkt. weight: 1 gm (approx. 1300 seeds)
Rate: 1 oz./250 sq.ft. or 3lb /acre
Bloom time: Early Spring
Zone: 3 – 10
For more information, check out our Wildflower Seed Planting Tips.