Calochortus elegans Pursh
Elegant mariposa lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: CAEL
A small plant with slender, bent stems and a few white flowers in a branched cluster shorter than the single grass-like leaf.
The name Star Tulip refers to the flowers shape and Cats Ears to the petals resemblance to a kittens ear. Similar species are distinguished by characteristics of the gland and pod.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon to western Montana.
Native Habitat: Grassy hillsides and open coniferous woods.
BenefitUse Food: Bulb consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Calochortus elegans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calochortus elegans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calochortus elegans
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff