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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Calochortus nuttallii Torr. & Gray
Sego lily, Mariposa lily, Sego-lily
USDA Symbol: CANU3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Growing 10-20 in. high, from an onion-like bulb, this perennialís erect, slender stem is usually unbranched and bears 2-4 linear leaves, 7-10 in. long. One to three very showy, white to lavender-blue, tulip-like flowers are borne atop the stem in an umbel-like cluster. The flowers have three large petals with yellow bases and three narrower sepals.
Occasionally petals are magenta or tinged with lilac. This is Utahs state flower; the Ute Indians called it sago, and taught Mormon settlers to eat the bulbs in times of scarcity.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , SD , UT , WY Native Distribution:
NM to the Dakotas, w. to ID & CA Native Habitat:
Dry, brushy or grassy slopes; desert high country USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
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. Bulbs will need protection from gophers and moles.
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
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-10-02
Research By: TWC Staff