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Monterey Mariposa Lily Calochortus uniflorus

 

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Monterey Mariposa Lily
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Alternate name: Meadow Star Tulip

Family: Liliaceae, Lily view all from this family



Description A small, dainty plant, the flowering stem barely reaching above the surface of the ground. Leaves are grass-like, and the upright flowers are of a shallow bowl shape. Petals are lilac, often with a purple spot at the base. Seed pods are broad and pendant.


Flower April - June.


Flower April - June


Habitat Temporarily wet prairies and meadows below 500 ft.


Range Coast Ranges from Monterey to Mendacino Counties, California, and s.w. Oregon.


Discussion As one of the dwarf Calochortus meadow species, Monterey Mariposa Lily is more amenable to cultivation than other species of the genus. It needs protection from gophers and moles.


Comments Needs protection from gophers and moles. As one of the dwarf Calochortus meadow species, Monterey Mariposa Lily is more amenable to cultivation than other species of the genus.


Exposure Preference Sun.


Native Distribution Coast Ranges from Monterey to Mendacino Counties; s.w. Oregon


Site Preference Temporarily wet prairie and meadows below 500 ft.


Soil Preference Temporarily wet, but well-drained, alkaline soils.


 

 

 

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