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Calochortus albus

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Calochortus albus
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Calochortus albus
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Calochortus albus

Species Name: Calochortus albus
Common Name: White Globe Lily

Beautiful globe-shaped, hanging flowers. Native bulb found throughout California, including Santa Monica Mountains. 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: White
Endangered?:
Distribution:
Natural Habitat:

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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.
History
  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "An extremely graceful plant. The flowers are pendant like bells and globular in form, of the most exquisite silky texture and pearly white, from 10 to 20 on a plant. Grows 1 to 2 feet high. Each 5c; per doz. 40c."
Other Names
References
  • 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. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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