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Greene's Mariposa Lily Back to Plant Page
Calochortus greenei

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About Greene's Mariposa Lily (Calochortus greenei) Calochortus greenei is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name Greene's mariposa lily. It is native to northern California and southern Oregon, where it grows in the forest and woodlands of the mountains. It is a perennial herb which produces a branching stem up to about 30 centimeters in maximum height. There is a basal leaf about 20 centimeters long which does not wither at flowering. The flower cluster bears 1 to 5 erect bell-shaped flowers . Each flower has three sepals and three light purple petals with darker areas at the bases. The petals are 3 to 4 centimeters long and have a coat of long hairs on their inner surfaces. The fruit is a winged capsule about 2 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Shrubby hillsides, open places,

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
2399' - 3673'

Annual Precip. ?
15.4" - 22.9"

Summer Precip. ?
1.24" - 1.83"

Coldest Month ?
37.8° F - 39.1° F

Hottest Month ?
61.4° F - 66.5° F

Humidity ?
1.69 vpd - 18.13 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: 5-6 wks. stratification (Stan Farwig, personal communication 1983).

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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