Bloomeria crocea

Bloomeria crocea (Torr.) Cov.
Common goldenstar

Family:  Liliaceae

Habit:  Perennial from corm with generally one basal leaf 1.6 to 6 dm. high., with orange-yellow flowers.

Distribution:  Grassland, open woodlands, and chaparral edges, often in heavy soils, up to 5,000 ft. South Coast, Transverse, and PeninsularRanges from Santa Barbara to Baja California.

Seed unit:  Free seed.

Seed:  2 mm. long, black, sub-ovoid, angular, coat wrinkled.  Seeds found in 3-angled loculicidal capsule, 5 to 6 mm. long.

Embryo:  Central axile, linear embryo in hard endosperm.

Purity instructions:   Pure seed definition: 
AOSA:  PSU #1 – Seed, with or without seed coat.  Piece of broken seed, with or without seed coat, larger than one-half the original size.

Average pure seed units per gram:  614 seeds per gram (based on AOSA pure seed units only from 21 samples received for testing from 1994 to 2004).

Range of percent pure seed:   68 to 99%

Range of percent inert:  1 to 30%

Description of inert:   Plant material, dirt, dead insects.

Planting instructions:  400 seeds, T, 28 days @ 15°; for fresh and dormant seed, prechill recommended.

References:  (link to main reference page)
Hickman, J.C., Ed.  1993.  p. 1180.
Munz, P.A. and D.D. Keck.  1968.  p. 1379.
Ransom Seed Laboratory