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Calochortus macrocarpus
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Sagebrush Mariposa
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Calochortus macrocarpus

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About Sagebrush Mariposa (Calochortus macrocarpus) Calochortus macrocarpus, also known as sagebrush mariposa lily, occurs in northwestern United States and a small part of southern British Columbia. The leaves are blue-green and grass-like. The flowers are large, bloom in June, are three-petaled, and are pink and purple. The bulbs are tapering, like a carrot. First peoples in southern British Columbia harvested the bulbs from April to June. They can be eaten raw or cooked.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.9 - 1.8 ft (0.27 - 0.5 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Purple, Pink

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Volcanic soil

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
2641' - 7151'

Annual Precip. ?
12.9" - 46.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.71" - 2.31"

Coldest Month ?
29.0° F - 39.9° F

Hottest Month ?
49.7° F - 66.2° F

Humidity ?
1.25 vpd - 19.91 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sagebrush 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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