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White Bog Hastingsia
Hastingsia alba
About White Bog Hastingsia (Hastingsia alba) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant Hastingsia alba is a species of flowering plant known by the common names white rushlily and white shoenolirion. It is native to northern California and southern Oregon, where it grows in wet places such as bogs and mountain meadows. It grows from a black-coated bulb a few centimeters wide and produces erect stems 40 to 90 centimeters tall. There are several long, thin, bending leaves about the base of the plant and the stems are naked. The top of each stem is a dense, pointed flower cluster of many flowers, with smaller flower clusters branching off lower levels of the stem. Each flower is cream or greenish-white with six curly, lilylike petals. Each has six white stamens with large brown anthers. The flowers fall away to leave the fruits, which are green capsules containing black seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.3 - 3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Green, Cream, Brown

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Slow, Standing

For propagating by seed: 3 mos. stratification.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 14, 15*, 16*, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet meadows, bogs, rocky seeps,

Annual Precipitation: 13.5" - 151.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.38" - 5.63", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 49.4", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 75.4", Humidity: 0.31" - 24.02", Elevation: 164" - 14090"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Reed Lily, White Bog-hastingsia, White Hastingsia, White Rushlily, White Shoenolirion

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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