Calochortus luteus

Yellow mariposa lily

Plant Type: Bulb
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize
Height X Width: 1.5' X 0.5'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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The yellow mariposa lily is found in a variety of plant communities from the Channel Islands north to Redding. The lemon-yellow flowers with variable internal striations are held above the grass-like foliage (Calochortus = beautiful grass). In cultivation, Calochortus luteus is an adaptable mariposa, accepting a variety of soil types and drainages. Summer dryness is essential, since water during bub dormancy may cause rot. Yellow mariposa lily may be grown successfully in a pot, which allows it to be given the distinct care it needs. Pot culture also allows it to be protected from gophers and other animals which find edible bulbs irresistible. This Santa Clara County native may be observed in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve and Henry Coe State Park.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous