Calochortus monophyllus (Lindl.) Lem.
Yellow Star-tulip, Yellow-star Mariposa-lily, Yellow Pussy Ears, Yellow Star Tulip
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Synonym(s): Cyclobothra monophylla
USDA Symbol: CAMO3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA , 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: yes
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
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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 monophyllus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calochortus monophyllus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calochortus monophyllus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff