Dichelostemma ida-maia ‘Firecracker’
The Firecracker Flower can be seen blooming from the Californian and Oregon coast into the mountains. The pendant crimson tubular bells, with green reflexed tips, are pollinated by humming-birds in the wild. It needs a fairly dry summer to flourish and is happy in light shade as well as full sun but really it’s an obliging bulb and easy to grow. Fifty years ago when I first got to Melbourne it was a commercial cut flower. The 60cm tall stout stems are in flower for a good two months. A good bulb to grow in milder winter regions.