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Calochortus plummerae

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Calochortus plummerae Bulb. Note the emergence of roots at the basal plate.
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Calochortus plummerae Bulb. Note the emergence of roots at the basal plate.

Species Name: Calochortus plummerae
Common Name: Plummer's mariposa lily

Found in the San Gabriels and Verdugos. 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 to Pink petals with yellow centers spreckled with maroon
Endangered?: List 1B.2 (Endangered)
Distribution: South Coast, Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Dry, rocky chaparral, yellow-pine forest

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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: "Large flowers, rich lavender purple, lined with long yellow, silky hairs. Grows 2 to 3 feet high. Each 5c; per doz. 50c."
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