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Clintonia andrewsiana

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About Blue Bead Lily (Clintonia andrewsiana) Clintonia andrewsiana is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common names Andrews clintonia and red clintonia. It is native to Oregon and northern California, where it grows in shady, moist areas of the coastal forests. It is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing 30 to 80 centimeters tall. Around the base of the plant are 5 or 6 wide, hairy, oval-shaped green leaves up to 30 centimeters long and 12 broad. The tall, erect flower cluster produces one or more umbels of hairy flowers. Each flower has six pink to reddish-purple petals between 1 and 2 centimeters long. The fruit is a bright blue berry about a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 - 2.6 ft (0.3 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color
Red, Pink, Purple, Blue

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Moist places

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
7' - 2257'

Annual Precip. ?
22.9" - 108.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.21" - 3.31"

Coldest Month ?
43.3° F - 49.5° F

Hottest Month ?
59.7° F - 72.6° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 18.94 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
4, 5*, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17*

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Sow in sand and sphagnum moss 1:1; then 3 mos. cold, 3 mos. warm, and 3 mos. cold stratification. Germinate at about 70°F.

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Red Clintonia, Andrews Clintonia, Andrew's Clintonia

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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