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Sego Lily
Scientific Name: Calochortus nuttallii Torr. & Gray
Family: Calochortaceae
Sego Lily (Calochortus  nuttallii)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 20. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 6-10

Heat Tolerance: Questionable in the hot desert

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Montana down to Arizona, New Mexico)

Growth Habits: Onion-like bulb grows into a 20 inches tall plant, leaves grass-like

Watering Needs: Moderate water, allow to dry out after the blooming periodsandy soil, a good drainage is essential

Propagation: Seeds, division

The name Calochortus comes from the Greek for "beautiful grass". This is the state flower of Utah.
The onion is edible (of course, who would want to eat it?)

Blooming Habits:
White flowers with cherry red and yellow markings at the base, up to 3 inches across (7.5 cm), in late spring to summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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