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Coast Range Mariposa Lily
Calochortus vestae

About Coast Range Mariposa Lily (Calochortus vestae) Calochortus vestae is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name coast range mariposa lily. It is endemic to the forests of the North Coast Ranges of California, where it generally grows in clay soils. It is a perennial herb producing a branching stem between 30 and 50 centimeters tall. The basal leaf is 10 to 20 centimeters long and withers by flowering. The flower cluster is a loose cluster of 1 to 6 erect, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has three petals up to about 4 centimeters long and three sepals 2 to 3 centimeters long beneath. The petals are white to purplish in color with a central area of pale yellow with a darker reddish or brownish blotch within. At the base of each petal is a red-streaked patch of hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 - 1.6 ft (0.3 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
White, Yellow, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Clay soils

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
121' - 6722'

Annual Precip. ?
23.8" - 81.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.42" - 1.66"

Coldest Month ?
35.1° F - 49.6° F

Hottest Month ?
53.4° F - 74.5° F

Humidity ?
0.28 vpd - 23.77 vpd


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

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

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Yellow Mariposa

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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