Calochortus venustus 'Burgundy'

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Calochortus venustus 'Burgundy'

Species Name: Calochortus venustus 'Burgundy'
Common Name: 'Burgundy' Butterfly Mariposa Lily

This selection was made for the extraordinary, rich red color of the flower. Plant with perennials or small shrubs that won't receive any water in the summer. This mariposa lily, like most others, 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.