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Calochortus monophyllus (Lindl.) Lem.
Yellow star-tulip, Yellow-star mariposa-lily, Yellow pussy ears, Yellow star tulip
Synonym(s): Cyclobothra monophylla
USDA Symbol: CAMO3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Only 3-8 in. high, the stems of this plant are zig-zagged and simple or branched. Leaves are mostly grass-like. Perky bright-yellow, starry flowers are held upright. Petals are densely bearded and clawed, with a red-brown spot on the claw.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, OR Native Distribution: CA
Sierran foothills, Shasta to Tuolumne Cos. Native Habitat:
Wooded slopes from 1200-3600 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained, clay loam.
Conditions Comments: All Calochortus spp. are extremely difficult in cultivation. Flowering bulbs must be raised from seed for any success and bulbs must be kept completely dry from mid-summer to late fall. Needs protection from gophers and moles.
BenefitUse Food: Bulb
consumed by indigenous peoples. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Plant seed in late autumn in pots, flats or outdoor seed beds. Corms reach maturity in 3-5 years.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff