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Calochortus amabilis (Diogenes' lantern)
Reveal, James L.

Calochortus amabilis

Calochortus amabilis Purdy

Diogenes' Lantern, Yellow Globe Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: CAAM3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Deep, clear yellow, egg-shaped flowers hanging in an open branched cluster.

The nodding, yellow flowers are a delight to behold, as indicated by the plant's scientific name, which translates as "lovable, beautiful grass".


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: Northern California.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes in brush and open woods.


Use Food: Bulb consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Calochortus amabilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calochortus amabilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calochortus amabilis


Record Modified: 2023-04-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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