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Bloomeria crocea - (Torr.)Coville.

Common Name Golden Stars, Common goldenstar
Family Alliaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry flats, hillsides, often in heavy soil, chaparral, coastal sage scrub, valley grasslands, oak woodlands from sea level to 1700 metres[71, 270].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Bloomeria crocea Golden Stars, Common goldenstar


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bloomeria crocea is a BULB growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Nothoscordum aureum.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Bulb[177]. It can be eaten raw at any time of the year[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

The bulbs can be rubbed on metate into an adhesive and spread on seed gathering baskets to close the interstices[257]. No explanation is given of what metate is. There is a bamboo plant with this common name, but it is not native to America.

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained rich sandy loam and a warm position[1, 138]. Likes plenty of moisture when in growth[200], but plants should be kept quite dry from when the foliage dies down until the autumn[138]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. This genus is closely related to Brodiaea and Nothoscordum species[1, 200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe or February/March in a well-drained compost in the greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 15°c[134]. Sow the seed thinly so that it can be grown on in the pot without disturbance for the first year, but apply an occasional liquid feed to ensure the plants do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when they are dormant, putting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot, and grow them on in a cold frame for another 2 years[134] before planting them out in the autumn when they are dormant. Division of flowering size offsets in the autumn. They are freely produced[200]. The larger bulbs can be planted straight out into their permanent positions if required, whilst it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year in a cold frame before planting them out in the autumn.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Bloomeria aureaGolden Stars, Common goldenstarBulb0.5 7-10  LMNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Torr.)Coville.

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Readers comment

Erik Johnson   Wed Aug 11 20:37:41 2004

metate is short for "mano y metate," which is used the same way as a mortar and pestle (the shape is usually more like a saddle or shallow basin)--this was probably clear from context anyway

Maxine Clark   Sat Feb 3 2007

A metate is a mexican grinding stone - it would have been used to grind the bulb unto a pulp for use as an adhesive.

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