Triteleia laxa

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Triteleia laxa
Triteleia laxa flower in bloom.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Brodiaeoideae
Genus: Triteleia
Species: T. laxa
Binomial name
Triteleia laxa

Triteleia laxa (previously Brodiaea laxa) is a triplet lily known by several common names, including Ithuriel's spear,[1] common triteleia and grassnut. It is native to California where it is a common wildflower, and it is occasionally found in southwestern Oregon. It bears a tall, naked stem topped with a spray of smaller stalks, each ending in a purple or blue flower. The flower is tubular, opening into a sharply six-pointed star. The plant grows from a corm which is edible and similar in taste and use as the potato.[citation needed] The most used common name for the species, Ithuriel's spear, is a reference to the angel Ithuriel from Milton's Paradise Lost.


Hardiness: USDA 6-10


  1. ^ "Triteleia laxa". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 December 2015.

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Media related to Triteleia laxa at Wikimedia Commons

Ithuriel's spear, Triteleia laxa, Bay Area, California