Rudy Triteleia (Triteleia laxa Rudy)

Rudy Triteleia

Royal violet-blue stars for your spring garden delight, the Rudy Triteleia (Triteleia laxa ‘Rudy’) are delightful clumping perennial bulbs that shoot off a fireworks display worthy cluster of white and purple-blue star-shaped blossoms each year! Each cluster of blooms has long slender stems and creates informal pompoms of delicate flowers.

Forming low clumps of bright green foliage, early in the spring, the 1-2 foot tall stems erupt with a shower of striped blossoms that are sweetly scented little trumpets on very long slender stems. Butterflies and early emerging bees adore these nectar resources and so will you!

Also known as Ithuriel’s Spear, Triteleia forms basal rosettes of gorgeous blue-green foliage and sends off tall umbles of loosely clustered flowers. Technically a corm, these are easy to grow and low maintenance perennial bulbs in USDA zones 5-10!

Planting and Application:

These tall slender stems look gorgeous mixed among other spring ephemerals or among sleeping perennials and shrubs to add pops of whimsical color and texture to your garden beds! The later emerging foliage of those larger plants shades and protects these tender perennials from the hot summer sun. Use as rows and border definition among your cutting gardens and cottage gardens to fill your vases indoors with bright and cheerful stiped stars!

Triteleia is a pollinator magnet for early emerging bees and butterflies, so be sure to tuck a couple into your pollinator gardens to feed them. Rudy Triteleia are striking specimens and tall focal points among mixed-planters, pots and containers around your patio and sunny porch!

  • Bright Purple/Blue & White Striped Blooms
  • Trumpet-Shaped & Open Into Stars
  • Bright Green Rosettes
  • Containers, Beds & Borders
  • Great for Pollinators & Cut Flowers

Tips for Care:

Triteleia are tolerant of clay soil as long as it is very well-drained. Preferring sandy soils with moderate moisture and full to partial sun, especially appreciating a touch of shade in the hottest of its growing zones.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderately Moist to Dry Soil Once Established
  • Loves Mulched Beds
  • Deadhead After Bloom, Clean Mound When Foliage Yellows
  • Dislikes Soggy Soil

Be sure to include the intriguing Rudy Triteleia with your spring bulbs this year!

Rudy Triteleia (Triteleia laxa Rudy) Details

Common name Rudy Triteleia
Botanical name Triteleia laxa Rudy
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-10
Growth rate Fast
Height 1 - 2 ft.
Width 6 inches
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Foliage Yellows
Flower color Pink and white