Blue Dick–Pretty Awful Name for a Very Pretty Flower

blue dick

Blue Dick

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With a name like this, these poor flowers probably spend half their life at the counsler’s office.

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  • I love the picture and had to chuckle at the name and description. That is truly an unjust name for such a beautiful flower!

  • I love the picture and had to chuckle at the name and description. That is truly an unjust name for such a beautiful flower!

  • Amen, Sandi! Very beautiful flower, very unfortunate name.

  • Amen, Sandi! Very beautiful flower, very unfortunate name.

  • I suppose if i know what is good for me, (which i find hard to do) i will not comment at this perfect moment in time. I am an adult, i am an adult, i am an adult. ok i cant help myself, did ya here the one about the pretty flower that went into the bar and introduced himself to the barmaid?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • I suppose if i know what is good for me, (which i find hard to do) i will not comment at this perfect moment in time. I am an adult, i am an adult, i am an adult. ok i cant help myself, did ya here the one about the pretty flower that went into the bar and introduced himself to the barmaid?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • what’s the botanical name?

  • what’s the botanical name?

  • The photo of this flower reminds me of agapanthus (sp?) I wonder if they are related. What does the rest of the plant look like?

    • Trisha, because of the angle and closeup, the blue dick looks much larger than in real life. An agapanthus (you spelled it right) gets up to 6 feet in height but a blue dick is only about a foot and a half tall. Here are a couple of photos of one from the Yosemites–this variety is a bit bluer than what I took a photo of. I think they are both in the lily family though

  • are u trying! to bait me and ernie into saying something we shouldn’t? i have been chanting hale’s “i am an adult, i am an adult…” but i am not able to convince myself of that. ok, let us go with my deviant mind’s option #3:

    may i suggest that this flower would thrive with some companion planting…perhaps a pink lady?

  • are u trying! to bait me and ernie into saying something we shouldn’t? i have been chanting hale’s “i am an adult, i am an adult…” but i am not able to convince myself of that. ok, let us go with my deviant mind’s option #3:

    may i suggest that this flower would thrive with some companion planting…perhaps a pink lady?

  • I am an adult. I am an adult. I am a…. Oh, heck. I think a pink lady would be very appropriate especially considering that most of the people I knew called them Naked Ladies.

    • when those nekkid ladies get tired of ol’ blue dich….they might really swoon for an amorphallus and that the long spadex inside the enormous maroon-lipped spathe.

      hey we are all adults here… and it’s springtime!

      • I’m an adult, I’m an Adult… oh heck I’ll never grow up… darn.

        There is a whole genus of mushrooms called “Genus Phallus”. I would provide a link, but it is too intimidating to me. If you just have to see them, you can Google them yourself!

        I can’t even repeat in polite company what we used to call a whole variety of those little blue flowers. But, it was racially insensitive, and it had to do with toes. I have grown up a little bit, and I know enough not to give anyone a handle on me to grab for using thoughtless language.

  • I am an adult. I am an adult. I am a…. Oh, heck. I think a pink lady would be very appropriate especially considering that most of the people I knew called them Naked Ladies.

    • when those nekkid ladies get tired of ol’ blue dich….they might really swoon for an amorphallus and that the long spadex inside the enormous maroon-lipped spathe.

      hey we are all adults here… and it’s springtime!

      • I’m an adult, I’m an Adult… oh heck I’ll never grow up… darn.

        There is a whole genus of mushrooms called “Genus Phallus”. I would provide a link, but it is too intimidating to me. If you just have to see them, you can Google them yourself!

        I can’t even repeat in polite company what we used to call a whole variety of those little blue flowers. But, it was racially insensitive, and it had to do with toes. I have grown up a little bit, and I know enough not to give anyone a handle on me to grab for using thoughtless language.

  • Leave it to you to know those plants!

  • Leave it to you to know those plants!

  • Very pretty Blue Dick you have there.

  • Very pretty Blue Dick you have there.

  • So this guy I used to date would try and convince me….oh, never mind. You frightened me a bit.

  • So this guy I used to date would try and convince me….oh, never mind. You frightened me a bit.

  • Heck, Ernie and OMR terrified me!

  • Heck, Ernie and OMR terrified me!

  • dirty ol’ men!

    but i bet we made you blush and smile and that is a good thing for the circulation and endocrine systems.

  • dirty ol’ men!

    but i bet we made you blush and smile and that is a good thing for the circulation and endocrine systems.

  • Not to mention being good for the complexion!

    • The Dichelostemma Capitatum has an edible corm that the the 1st peoples of California ate wherever they were found: Atsugewi women dug them on the volcanic slopes of Mount Lassen; Paiute women irrigated patches of them in the sandy soils of the Great Basin; Ohlone women uprooted them in the clay soils of the Sand Francisco Bay area.4″ from M. Kat Anderson’s “Tending the Wild”, Native American Knoledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources, pg 42
      It is also called a Wild Hyacinth.

  • Not to mention being good for the complexion!

    • The Dichelostemma Capitatum has an edible corm that the the 1st peoples of California ate wherever they were found: Atsugewi women dug them on the volcanic slopes of Mount Lassen; Paiute women irrigated patches of them in the sandy soils of the Great Basin; Ohlone women uprooted them in the clay soils of the Sand Francisco Bay area.4″ from M. Kat Anderson’s “Tending the Wild”, Native American Knoledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources, pg 42
      It is also called a Wild Hyacinth.

  • These are beautiful Kym! However, I would gladly pummel the moron who named them!

    PS – This must have been taken in Alaska, as everybody knows that blue dick occurs naturally in cold climates!! (sorry – couldn’t help myself)

  • These are beautiful Kym! However, I would gladly pummel the moron who named them!

    PS – This must have been taken in Alaska, as everybody knows that blue dick occurs naturally in cold climates!! (sorry – couldn’t help myself)

  • Thank you all for the ample warning that this is an adult topic. That said, I will admit to eating blue dicks (Kat Anderson’s book is an excellent reference for native food). But I’ve never tasted buckeye balls.

    Perhaps another suitable companion plant for naked ladies and blue dicks would be cleavers herb– also known as bedstraw. When the velcro-like seedpods mature and twist up your socks into dread-rags, I’ve heard them called “mother-f*@$#!rs”.

    • Male gardeners will tell you that little clumps of blue bells are often found near the base of the the blue dichelostemma, particularly in alaska. (kato made me say that)

  • Thank you all for the ample warning that this is an adult topic. That said, I will admit to eating blue dicks (Kat Anderson’s book is an excellent reference for native food). But I’ve never tasted buckeye balls.

    Perhaps another suitable companion plant for naked ladies and blue dicks would be cleavers herb– also known as bedstraw. When the velcro-like seedpods mature and twist up your socks into dread-rags, I’ve heard them called “mother-f*@$#!rs”.

    • Male gardeners will tell you that little clumps of blue bells are often found near the base of the the blue dichelostemma, particularly in alaska. (kato made me say that)

  • Kym, think you need to link this discussion to your mistletoe entry?

    Olman, you can’t blame your postings on me; take responsibility for your own “blue bells”.

    Turns out, what I’ve been digging up in the summers is a brodeia: good raw, good roasted, too.

    • According to the SPCA…
      “Additional Common Names: Wild Hyacinth
      Scientific Name: Hookera pulchella
      Alternate Scientific Names: Brodiaea pulchella, Dichelostemma pulchellum
      Family: Amaryllidaceae”

      A hookera pulchella named blue dick?!

      My blue bells are named’chi-chi’,…. and not to be confused with dwarf blue bells!

  • Kym, think you need to link this discussion to your mistletoe entry?

    Olman, you can’t blame your postings on me; take responsibility for your own “blue bells”.

    Turns out, what I’ve been digging up in the summers is a brodeia: good raw, good roasted, too.

    • According to the SPCA…
      “Additional Common Names: Wild Hyacinth
      Scientific Name: Hookera pulchella
      Alternate Scientific Names: Brodiaea pulchella, Dichelostemma pulchellum
      Family: Amaryllidaceae”

      A hookera pulchella named blue dick?!

      My blue bells are named’chi-chi’,…. and not to be confused with dwarf blue bells!

  • Didn’t mean to bust your bells, there, olman.

    Think the SPCA will accept petitions for name changes? (Who are they, anyway? The Society for the Prevention of Crudity to Amaryllis?)

  • Didn’t mean to bust your bells, there, olman.

    Think the SPCA will accept petitions for name changes? (Who are they, anyway? The Society for the Prevention of Crudity to Amaryllis?)

  • So you heard from them too?!

    I would say more but I woke up feeling a litle purple, and blockheaded, and I can/t get the grimace? off my face….you seem to be happy enough tho.?

  • So you heard from them too?!

    I would say more but I woke up feeling a litle purple, and blockheaded, and I can/t get the grimace? off my face….you seem to be happy enough tho.?

  • I’m experimenting with the faces. I’m not sure how I feel yet. It cracks me up that you are so angry looking though!

  • I’m experimenting with the faces. I’m not sure how I feel yet. It cracks me up that you are so angry looking though!

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