Chlorogalum pomeridianum, Amole, Soap Plant

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Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Spidery white flowers on 2-4 ft. stalks open in late afternoon, ready for pollination by moths. The foliage are wavy-edged and grasslike, growing to 14" tall. They can spread as wide as 6', as the bulbs multiply. Bulbs used for soap and roasted for food by California Indians, as well as pounded into glue. Hairy coat used to make brushes, which were employed to brush ground acorn off the grinding stones.

Found in many areas in California, from the coast to the chaparral. Plant where their spiky flowers can be seen in the evening.