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Catalina Mariposa Lily
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Calochortus catalinae

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About Catalina Mariposa Lily (Calochortus catalinae) Calochortus catalinae is a species of mariposa lily known by the common name Santa Catalina mariposa lily. It is endemic to Southern California where it is found along the coastline, and especially on the Channel Islands. This plant produces long basal leaves and tall, branching stems up to 60 centimeters high. The purple-tinted sepals are up to 3 centimeters long and the longer petals are usually white or very pale pink with a blotch of purple or deep red at the bases. The bowl of the petals may have sparse long hairs. The anthers are usually light in color, often pink.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2 ft (0.6 m)

Flower Color
White, Pink, Purple, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
places with heavy soils


Elevation ?
-131' - 6032'

Annual Precip. ?
5.3" - 123.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.63"

Coldest Month ?
34.3° F - 57.3° F

Hottest Month ?
56.0° F - 84.4° F

Humidity ?
0.93 vpd - 36.40 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Santa Catalina Mariposa Lily

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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