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Fairy lantern

Calochortus spp.

Also known as

Cat's ears, Butterfly lily, Mariposa lily, Globe tulip, Globe lily, Butterfly tulip

Calochortus excavatus - Flickr 003 by Miguel Vieira (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

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Fairy lantern Overview

Genus of over 70 species originating from North America. They are herbaceous perennials that grow from bulbs and produce showy, tulip-like flowers with hairs and complex patterned markings in contrasting colours on the inside. They are unusual and unique flowers. This genus is distinct in that the petals are generally different sizes to the sepals. Flower colours include pink, purple, white, yellow, blue-tinged and various streaked shades. Species in this genus are distinguished by small differences in their petal hairs and nectaries by the petal bases.

How to propagate Fairy lantern

Bulbs

You can propagate by seeds or bulbs, the spring-flowering species in the autumn and the summer-flowering species in the spring.

Seed

Other uses of Fairy lantern

Grown for their spring and summer flowers.