Calochortus catalinae

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Calochortus catalinae
Calochortus catalinae

Species Name: Calochortus catalinae
Common Name: Catalina mariposa lily

Beautiful early blooming flowers with spectacular inner markings. Keep dry during summer!

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 2' H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Summer dry
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pink-White with Maroon and Yellow pattern center
Endangered?: List 4.2 (limited distribution)
Distribution: Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Valley Grassland, Foothill Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub

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Care and Maintenance
Plant the base of the bulb at a depth three times the height of the bulb. Stop watering once the leaves begin to turn brown, but keep leaves on the plant until they turn completely brown.
  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "Large handsome flowers, white or lilac with a large maroon spot at the base of each petal. Height 1 to 2 feet; blooms several weeks before other Mariposas. Each 5c; per doz. 50c."
Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.