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Calochortus splendens (Splendid mariposa lily)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Calochortus splendens

Calochortus splendens Douglas ex Benth.

Splendid Mariposa Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Calochortus davidsonianus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Base: Attenuate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Lavender to deep purple.



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Drought Tolerance: High


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

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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