Introduced from South America and now found throughout much of California in the Central Valley and along the south coastal areas.
A perennial weed that reproduces from both seeds and from bulblets that form off the central bulb underground. Re-growth from the bulb begins early in the spring, with plants maturing from spring into early fall. Seeds germinate in early fall.
Plants are found commonly in meadows and unused lots, but also in landscape and turf where they are particularly objectionable.
Mature plants may grow as tall as 16 inches, with long, grass-like leaves and long, slender flower stalks. Leaves are up to 12 inches long and are flattened, tending to curve over with their own weight to point toward the ground. All leaves and flower stems arise from the base.
Flowers occur in clusters of many small, white flowers at the end of the very long stalk. Each flower is bell shaped and about ½ inch long, with 6 petals that are joined at their bases.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Perennials that can re-grow from the bulbs or bulb offshoots in the soil. Growth from the seeds begins as early as October, so pre-emergent applications cannot wait until winter or spring.