Calochortus vestae

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Calochortus vestae
Calochortus vestae

Species Name: Calochortus vestae
Common Name: Yellow Mariposa Lily

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: Clay soil
Water Requirements: Summer dry
Cold Hardy to: 2950'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White to pale-yellow with maroon centers
Distribution: South Klamath Ranges, North Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Clay soil in mixed-evergreen or yellow-pine forests

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
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.