Calochortus nuttallii 

(Sego Lily)


Calochortus nuttallii, Kokopelli Trail, Mesa Co. 6022

Scientific Name Calochortus nuttallii USDA PLANTS Symbol CANU3
Common Name Sego Lily ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 42863
Family Liliaceae (Lily) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and high desert to montane (4700 to 9200 ft); dry slopes, flats, shale or clay hills.
Plant: Erect, perennial, unbranched slender stem 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear basal leaves 4 to 8 inches long withering early; a few shorter, alternate stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Large cup-shaped flowers 2 to 3 inches across with 3 rounded white, lilac, lavender-blue or pink petals with yellow at base and reddish brown or purple band or blotch; yellowish or pinkish, oblong anthers; 3 lanceolate sepals with pointed tips; 2-3 leafy bracts below.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Southwest Desert Flora and SEINet.
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