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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Hesperocallis undulata Gray
Ajo lily, Desert lily, Desert-lily
USDA Symbol: heun2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AZ , CA , NV Native Distribution:
S.w. AZ, s.e. CA & adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry, sandy flats; deserts, gentle slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Pebbly or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Spring flowers appear only after wet winters.
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff