Calochortus splendens

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Calochortus splendens
Calochortus splendens

Species Name: Calochortus splendens
Common Name: Splendid mariposa lily

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: 9100'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not threatened.
Distribution: Central and South Inner North Coast Ranges, Central Western California, w Southwestern California
Natural Habitat: Dry, often granitic soils, grassland, chaparral, yellow-pine forest

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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: "Flowers pale lilac, 2 to 3 inches across, lower part of the petals covered with long cobwebby hairs. Height 2 to 3 feet. Each 5c; per doz. 50c."
Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.