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Calochortus nuttallii, Sego Lily
Scientific Name:Calochortus nuttallii Common Name: Sego Lily
Also Called: Mariposa, Sego-lily
Family:Liliaceae or Lily Family Synonyms: ()
Status:Native Duration:Perennial Size: Up to 18 inches, usually much less.
Growth Form:Forb/herb; erect slender stem, new plants emerge from bulbs, stems usually straight,
Leaves: Green; blade linear, grass-like, basal leaves wither as season progresses,
Flower Color: White, lilac, lavender-blue or pink, yellow at the base; showy large flowers up to 3 inches, 1 to 3 (4) flowers, flowers bell-shaped (campanulate), anthers equal filaments in size, anthers yellowish or pinkish, oblong, fruit an erectcapsule.
Flowering Season: May to July.
Elevation: 4,500 to 8,000 feet, lower elevations in California 2,100 to 6,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Mesas, slopes and open pine forests; grassy slopes, brushy areas and desert high country in Texas.
Recorded Range: Sego Lily is found in the central parts of the United States and in the southwest, excluding California. In Arizona it is found in the northern half of the state.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
Genus Information: Over 50 species in Calochortus in western United States and Canada. 6 species in Arizona, 44 in California and 5 in New Mexico. The Plant List includes 74 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Calochortus.
All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Sego Lilyis the state flower of Utah. It is named in honor of Thomas Nuttall (1786–1859).