Native American quamash – the name for these plants.
Perennial, bulbous herb, bulb tunicate. Leaves basal, linear, keeled, sheathing. Flowers radially or bilaterally symmetrical, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a terminal raceme. Tepals 3+3, 3-9-nerved, free. Stamens 6 attached to tepal bases. Ovary superior. Fruit a capsule. Seeds pear-shaped, black.
Grown as ornamental bulbs in full sun on well-drained soil.
5 species in the Americas.
Bulb with multi-nerved tepals and pear-shaped seeds.
Source: (2005). Bowiea. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.