From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Calochortus venustus
Common Name: Butterfly Mariposa Lily
- This extremely variable species can range from white to pink, purple, red, brown or yellow. Base is usually darker than the rest of the petals with a spot of color. Most common color is white with a reddish base. 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: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Summer dry
- Cold Hardy to: 8000'
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Variable
- Distribution: Sierra Nevada Foothils, Central Western California, Western Transverse Ranges, San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains
- Natural Habitat: Grassland, woodland, yellow pine forest.
- 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
- 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. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.