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Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi

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Species Name: Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi
Common Name: Desert mariposa lily

Beautiful, almost poppy-like 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: 7200'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow-Orange to Red-Orange with dark pattern center
Endangered?: Not Threatened.
Distribution: North Transverse Ranges, White and Inyo Mountains, Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Heavy or rocky soil in creosote-bush scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland

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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.
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