Calochortus venustus

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Calochortus venustus
Calochortus venustus
Calochortus venustus
Calochortus venustus

Species Name: Calochortus venustus
Common Name: Butterfly Mariposa Lily

This extremely variable species can range from white to pink, purple, red, brown or yellow. Base is usually darker than the rest of the petals with a spot of color. Most common color is white with a reddish base. Needs to be dry during summer dormancy.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1-2' H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Summer dry
Cold Hardy to: 8000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Variable
Distribution: Sierra Nevada Foothils, Central Western California, Western Transverse Ranges, San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains
Natural Habitat: Grassland, woodland, yellow pine forest.

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.

Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.