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Clintonia andrewsiana (Andrew's clintonia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Clintonia andrewsiana

Clintonia andrewsiana Torr.

Andrew's Clintonia, Western Bluebead-lily, Bead Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: CLAN2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Each basal rosette is made up of 5-6 broadly elliptic leaves to 10 in. in height. A stout flowering stalk rises from 10-30 in. and is topped in a cluster of deep-rose, bell-shaped flowers. An umbel-like cluster of red or reddish-lavender, narrowly bell-shaped flowers blooms at the top of a nearly leafless stalk, growing from a basal rosette. Beneath main flower cluster, there may be smaller clusters with only a few flowers. The flowers are followed by steely blue berries.

One of the few wildflowers that grow in the dim light of the Pacific Coast redwood forests. The genus is named for DeWitt Clinton, naturalist and governor of New York in the early 19th Century.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall when flowering.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Coastal areas from Monterey Co., CA to s.w. OR
Native Habitat: Cool, damp, coastal redwood forests

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Protect from slugs.


Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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