UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Calochortus luteus

ka-lo-KOR-tus LU-teus
Common Name
Yellow Mariposa Lily
Plant Type
Mature Size
.5 ft (0.2 m) wide x 1.6 ft (0.49 m) tall
Water Requirements
Very Low: water deeply several times a summer
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Calochortus luteus by Fran Cox unrestricted from Wildflower.org
Calochortus luteus, or Yellow Mariposa Lily is a species of the Liliaceae endemic to California. This species is found on coastal prairie, grasslands and some open forest floors primarily in the central Coast Ranges and Sierra foothills. Like other Mariposa Lilies it grows from a bulb, with most of its growth occurring in winter, followed by spring flowering and summer dormancy. It requires good drainage and must be kept mostly dry in summer. The leaves arising directly from the bulb are strap-like and long. The flower is 3-5 centimeter across and primarily bright yellow, with sparse hair inside and often red-brown streaks or blotches. It is reported to be one of the easiest Mariposa Lilies to grow in the garden.

Where to See
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