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Calochortus macrocarpus  Douglas
Sagebrush mariposa lily
Calochortus macrocarpus is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Calochortus
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Habitat: slopes

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Northern Juniper Woodland

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Calochortus macrocarpus from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (CAMA5)

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[Wikipedia] Distribution, Description, Uses: Calochortus macrocarpus, also known as sagebrush mariposa lily, is a North American species of bulbous perennials in the lily family.[2][1][3] Distribution The plant is native to the Northwestern United States (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana), northern California, northern Nevada, and a small area of southern British Columbia.[4] Habitats include the Great Basin and Cascade Range.[5] Description Calochortus macrocarpus leaves are blue-green and grass-like. The bulbs are tapering, like a carrot.[4][6] The flowers are large, one- to three-petaled, and are pink to purple. The sepals are about 2 inches long, slightly longer than the green-striped petals.[7] They bloom in June.[6] Uses First peoples in southern British Columbia harvested the bulbs from April to June. They can be eaten raw or cooked.[6] (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/21/2024).