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Clintonia uniflora
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Bride's Bonnet
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Clintonia uniflora

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About Bride's Bonnet (Clintonia uniflora) Clintonia uniflora is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by several common names, including bride's bonnet and queen's cup. This rhizomatous perennial, a member of the bead lily genus, is native to the mountains of western North America from California to Alberta. It grows in the understory of coniferous forests. This flower has only two or three leaves located at the base of its stem, but they are several centimeters wide and can be much longer. It bears flowers singly or in flower clusters of two or three. The small simple flower has six white petals and six protruding white stamens with pollen-dusted anthers. The flower is replaced atop the stem by a round blue berry up to a centimeter wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
6 in (15.2 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
947' - 14090'

Annual Precip. ?
13.1" - 152.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.33" - 5.63"

Coldest Month ?
10.8° F - 52.0° F

Hottest Month ?
34.1° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 21.03 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Queen's Cup

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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