Hesperocallis undulata A. Gray
Ajo lily, Desert lily, Desert-lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: heun2
A rosette of long, narrow, blue-green leaves with undulating margins appears a month or so before the foot-high flowering stem which bears large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers resembling Easter lilies. Large, white, funnel-shaped flowers bloom in a stout raceme above long, narrow, basal leaves with wavy edges.
Conspicuous and easily seen as one drives desert roads, it seems at first glance an Easter Lily out of place. The bulbs of this species, the only one in its genus, were once used by Indians for food.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV
Native Distribution: S.w. AZ, s.e. CA & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy flats; deserts, gentle slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Pebbly or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Spring flowers appear only after wet winters.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hesperocallis undulata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hesperocallis undulata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff