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Calochortus obispoensis

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Calochortus obispoensis Bulb
Calochortus obispoensis Bulb

Species Name: Calochortus obispoensis
Common Name: San Luis mariposa lily

One of the most beautiful and spectacular members of the Calochortus family. 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: Yellow and maroon, covered with reddish hairs
Endangered?: List 1B.2
Distribution: San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Valley Grassland, Coastal Sage Scrub


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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