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Calochortus amoenus

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About Purple Fairy Lantern (Calochortus amoenus) Calochortus amoenus is a species of flowering plant in the lily family which is commonly known as purple fairy-lantern. It is endemic to the slopes of the Sierra Nevada foothills of central California. This is a perennial herb producing a branching stem to heights between 20 and 50 centimeters. The leaf at the base of the stem is narrow in shape, reaching up to 50 centimeters long and not withering away at flowering. There are two or three smaller leaves along the stem. The flower cluster bears two or more nodding flowers, each with its petals curved closed into a spherical shape. Each flower has rose-colored sepals and petals, the petals fringed and lined with long, pink whiskery hairs. The fruit is a winged capsule 2 or 3 centimeters long containing dark brown seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

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

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Grassy places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
178' - 11310'

Annual Precip. ?
6.7" - 50.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 1.98"

Coldest Month ?
24.6° F - 51.3° F

Hottest Month ?
45.5° F - 78.2° F

Humidity ?
1.53 vpd - 25.87 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

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

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Purple Fairy-lantern

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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