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Calochortus kennedyi
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Desert Mariposa Lily
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Calochortus kennedyi

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About Desert Mariposa Lily (Calochortus kennedyi) Calochortus kennedyi is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name desert mariposa lily. It is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It is a perennial herb which produces a slender, unbranching, sometimes twisting stem up to 50 centimeters tall, but generally shorter. There is a basal leaf 10 to 20 centimeters long which is waxy in texture and withers at flowering. The flower cluster bears 1 to 6 erect bell-shaped flowers in a loose cluster. Each flower has three sepals and three petals which are usually spotted at the bases. The petals may be 5 centimeters long and are yellow, orange, or red in color. The fruit is an angled, striped capsule up to 6 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.6 ft (0.21 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Orange, Yellow

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky places and places with heavy soil

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
401' - 7859'

Annual Precip. ?
4.1" - 38.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 3.19"

Coldest Month ?
32.2° F - 53.7° F

Hottest Month ?
57.2° F - 82.5° F

Humidity ?
1.20 vpd - 34.46 vpd

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

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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