Brodiaea Triteleia 'Rudy'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
triplet lily 'Rudy'


Triteleia 'Rudy' is known for its striking blooms which come in vibrant colors. The flowers are the most notable feature, typically clustered at the top of slender, upright stems. The blossoms usually have a star-like appearance, presenting three main petals and three sepals, which are often similar in appearance to petals, giving the impression of a six-pointed star. The petals may curve backwards slightly, enhancing the star-like effect. The color of the blooms can vary, often showcasing shades of blue, purple, or violet, with a contrasting center that may be white or a lighter hue. The foliage of Triteleia 'Rudy' consists of narrow, linear leaves that are grass-like in texture. They emanate from the base of the plant, providing a lush, green background that contrasts nicely with the bright flowers. The leaves are typically quite long and may slightly arch or droop, giving a soft, flowing appearance. Overall, Triteleia 'Rudy' carries a sense of elegance and lightness in its form, with its delicate stems and eye-catching flowers creating a focal point in any setting where it is planted. The plant has an airy, open habit which allows it to blend well with other plants, yet still stand out thanks to its distinctive blooms.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Rudy Brodiaea, Rudy Triplet Lily, Rudy Ithuriel's Spear

    • Common names

      Brodiaea pulchella, Hookera pulchella, Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii, Triteleia howellii, Brodiaea howellii, Hookera howellii.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Triteleia 'Rudy', commonly known as Brodiaea, is not widely recognized as a toxic plant to humans. However, as with many plants, individual sensitivities can vary, and it's possible for someone to have an allergic reaction. If Brodiaea is ingested and causes symptoms, these may include gastrointestinal discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. It's always wise to exercise caution and avoid ingesting parts of ornamental plants due to potential unknown toxins or personal allergies.

    • To pets

      The Brodiaea, or Triteleia 'Rudy', is not typically known for being toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. Nonetheless, as a safety precaution, it's advisable not to let pets consume this plant. Ingestion of plants by pets can sometimes result in gastrointestinal upset, including symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, even if the plant isn't widely recognized as poisonous. Pets with specific sensitivities or allergies may have adverse reactions to plants that are typically non-toxic, so monitoring your pet and preventing them from ingesting garden plants is always the best practice. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of the Brodiaea plant and is showing adverse symptoms, contact your veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to grow: Triteleia 'Rudy' is known for its ease of cultivation and can thrive in a range of soil types as long as they offer good drainage.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, it is quite drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping or low-water gardens.
    • Attracts pollinators: The flowers can attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Decorative blooms: It produces attractive star-shaped flowers that can add visual interest to gardens.
    • Extended flowering period: Triteleia 'Rudy' has a relatively long blooming season compared to some other garden plants.
    • Versatility: It can be used in various garden settings including borders, rock gardens, and containers.
    • Low maintenance: It requires minimal care once established, making it a good choice for gardeners looking for low-maintenance plants.
    • Resistant to pests and diseases: Triteleia 'Rudy' is generally resistant to pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Deer resistant: It is known to be resistant to deer, which can protect gardens in areas where deer predation is a problem.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Floral arrangements: Due to its striking flowers, Triteleia 'Rudy' can be used in both fresh and dried floral arrangements to provide a highlight of color and unique star-shaped blooms.
    • Garden photography: Triteleia 'Rudy' serves as an excellent subject for garden photographers looking to capture the beauty of unique and less commonly known blooms.
    • Educational tool: Botany teachers and educators can use Triteleia 'Rudy' as a live specimen to teach students about bulbous plants and their growth cycles.
    • Erosion control: When planted en masse, the robust root systems of Triteleia 'Rudy' can help in preventing soil erosion in certain landscapes.
    • Habitat restoration: Triteleia 'Rudy' can be used in native plant gardens or restoration projects to help recreate the plant's natural habitat and support local ecosystems.
    • Bee garden addition: By adding Triteleia 'Rudy' to a garden, you can provide a source of nectar for bees and contribute to the support of local pollinators.
    • Botanical illustrations: Artists can use Triteleia 'Rudy' as a subject for botanical illustrations, depicting its distinct form and coloration.
    • Culinary decoration: While not edible, the flowers of Triteleia 'Rudy' can be used as a garnish for culinary presentations to add a touch of elegance.
    • Color theme gardens: With its vibrant blue-purple flowers, Triteleia 'Rudy' can be strategically planted to maintain color themes in garden designs.
    • Photo backdrop: The plant's tall, flowering stalks can create a beautiful, natural backdrop for outdoor portrait photography.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Triteleia, commonly known as 'Rudy', is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Triteleia, commonly known as 'Rudy', is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Triteleia 'Rudy', commonly known as "Fool's Onion", often symbolizes resilience due to its ability to thrive in poor soil conditions and tolerate dry climates.
    • Adaptation: As a plant that adapts well to its environment, the Fool's Onion represents the ability to adjust and succeed in various conditions.
    • Strength: The firm and sturdy nature of the plant conveys strength, suggesting that one can withstand challenges just like the Fool's Onion endures in nature.
    • Prosperity: In some traditions, the blooming of such wildflowers signifies prosperity and is therefore seen as a good omen for wealth and success.
    • Charm: With its delicate and appealing flowers, the Fool's Onion can symbolize charm and attractiveness, celebrating the beauty found in simplicity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The common name of Triteleia 'Rudy' is Brodiaea, and for watering Brodiaea 'Rudy', it's crucial to ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season in spring and summer, water the plant thoroughly once a week; this might equal approximately one gallon per square yard, depending on soil conditions. It's important to allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot. Cut back on watering when the plant goes dormant after the flowering season, which is typically in late summer or early fall. In the dormant period, water sparingly, providing just enough to keep the bulbs from drying out completely, possibly reducing to one gallon every two to three weeks.

  • sunLight

    For Brodiaea 'Rudy', the best light conditions include full sun to partial shade. This means the ideal spot for the plant is an area where it receives direct sunlight for at least 6 hours per day, but can also tolerate some light shade, especially during the hottest part of the day. Avoid deep shade locations as this will limit flowering and overall plant vigor.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Brodiaea 'Rudy' prefers temperate climates and is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9. The plant can survive minimum temperatures down to approximately 20 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures that rarely exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, Brodiaea 'Rudy' thrives in an environment where the temperature ranges from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, as stable, moderate temperatures support the best growth and blooming.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Brodiaea 'Rudy' involves deadheading spent flowers to encourage further blooming and maintain a tidy appearance. It's not necessary to prune this plant heavily; simply remove faded flower stems. The best time for pruning is immediately after the blooms have faded, usually in late summer. Since Brodiaea produces foliage which dies back naturally, allow the leaves to yellow and die back on their own, providing energy for the next season's growth before removing them.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Brodiaea 'Rudy' thrives in well-draining soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 8.0. A mix of two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part peat or compost would provide an ideal growing medium.

  • plantRepotting

    Brodiaea 'Rudy' needs repotting every 2-3 years or when it becomes root bound to ensure continued growth and bloom.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Brodiaea 'Rudy' prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable and doesn't require specific humidity conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Brodiaea 'Rudy' near a sunny window and maintain a consistent watering schedule.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Brodiaea 'Rudy' in a sunny spot with well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Triteleia 'Rudy', commonly known as Rudy Triteleia or Brodiaea, begins its life cycle as a bulb, a storage organ that allows it to survive underground during dormancy. In early to mid-spring, foliage emerges in the form of linear, grass-like leaves, usually followed by the flowering stalks. The stalks bear clusters of star-shaped purple to blue flowers, which bloom in late spring to early summer and attract pollinators such as bees. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into seed capsules which eventually dry and release seeds. After flowering, the above-ground foliage dies back, and the plant enters a period of dormancy through the hotter months of summer and into fall and winter, with the bulb remaining dormant underground. The cycle recommences the following spring when environmental conditions are favorable for growth.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Triteleia 'Rudy', more commonly known as Rudy Brodiaea or Triplet Lily, is usually propagated through division of corms. The best time for this method is in the fall after the plant has gone dormant and the leaves have died back. To propagate, carefully dig up the corms and gently separate any cormlets from the parent corm. These cormlets are essentially small, daughter corms that form around the base of the parent. Plant the cormlets about 3 inches deep (approximately 7.6 centimeters) and spaced around 3 to 4 inches apart (7.6 to 10.2 centimeters) in well-draining soil. They should be watered in well after planting and allowed to establish themselves over the winter, with sprouts appearing by spring. This method is straightforward and helps to increase your stock of Brodiaea over time while maintaining the genetic traits of the parent plant.