Triteleia ‘Corrina’

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Striking deep violet, star-shaped flower clusters on foot long stems arise in late spring to early summer from a bulb-like corm. The bright green, strap-like foliage emerges in late winter and begins to go dormant just before flowering so plant among low growing perennials or groundcovers which will cover the fading Triteleia leaves.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: violet

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering until flowering, if needed, then drought tolerant

Seasonal Interest: stunning violet flowers in late spring to early summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: purple, pink, dark green

Culture Notes
Triteleia 'Corrina' grows best in full sun and very well-drained soil; this bulbous corm will tend to rot if the soil doesn't drain well during the winter. The plant blooms in late spring to early summer so be sure to water regularly if the dry season begins before it flowers. After flowering it goes dormant and is drought tolerant. The bulbs can be divided at any time during dormancy.