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Calochortus venustus - Benth.
                 
Common Name Butterfly Mariposa Lily
Family Calochortaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Light sandy soil, often decomposed granite, below 2400 metres[71, 90]. In grassland and in mixed evergreen forests[90, 200].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Calochortus venustus Butterfly Mariposa Lily


Calochortus venustus Butterfly Mariposa Lily
   
Physical Characteristics
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Calochortus venustus is a BULB growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
C. purpurascens.

Habitats
 East Wall. By. South Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Bulb - cooked[94, 105, 257]. A sweet flavour[161].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a deep very well-drained fertile sandy soil in a sunny position and must be kept rather dry from when the bulb flowers until late winter[1, 90, 200]. This is a rather difficult plant to cultivate in Britain, it is very cold hardy but is intolerant of wetness especially in the winter[1, 90]. It is easiest to grow in a bulb frame but is worth trying outdoors at the base of a south-facing wall, especially with shrubs that like these conditions[120]. It should not be crowded by other plants[214]. Bulbs can be lifted as soon as the foliage dies down in the summer and stored overwinter in a cool dry place, replanting in spring[138]. Another report says that they should be replanted immediately[1]. Bulbs frequently divide after flowering, the bulblets taking 2 years to reach flowering size[200]. Hand pollination is necessary if seed is required[1].
Propagation
Seed - sow as soon as ripe or early spring in a cold frame in a very sharply draining medium. Stratification may be helpful for spring-sown seed, though this species usually germinates within two months without any treatment[120]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 6 months at 15°c[138]. Leave the seedlings undisturbed for their first two years growth[138], but give them an occasional liquid feed to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. It is quite difficult to get the seedlings through their first period of dormancy since it is all too easy either to dry them out completely or keep them too moist when they will rot[214]. After their second year of growth, pot up the dormant bulbs in late summer and grow them on for at least another 2 years in the greenhouse before trying them outside. Seedlings take about 5 - 7 years to come into flower[214]. Division of the bulbs as soon as the foliage dies down. One report says that the bulbs must be planted into their permanent positions immediately[1], whilst another says that they can be stored overwinter and replanted in the spring[138]. Stem bulbils, harvested from the stems after flowering. Can be stored cool and dry then planted in pots in the cold frame in the spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Calochortus aureusMariposa Lily, Golden mariposa lily20
Calochortus barbatus 10
Calochortus clavatusClubhair mariposa lily, Arroyo de la Cruz mariposa lily10
Calochortus elegansStar Tulip, Elegant mariposa lily10
Calochortus gunnisoniiMariposa Lily, Gunnison's mariposa lily21
Calochortus luteusYellow Mariposa, Yellow mariposa lily20
Calochortus macrocarpusSagebrush Mariposa Lily, Nez Perce mariposa lily21
Calochortus nuttalliiSego Lily20
Calochortus pulchellusMount Diablo Globelily, Mt. diablo fairy-lantern20
Calochortus tolmieiTolmie Startulip20
Calochortus uniflorusLarge-Flowered Star Tulip, Monterey mariposa lily10
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