Calochortus bulbs and plants
The name actually means ‘beautiful grass’, however it is for the flowers that Calochortus are grown. This is a diverse genus with a number of garden worthy species. For Australian conditions the Californian species such as C. uniflorus are ideal. Growing well in full sun and a well drained soil they are easy as long as they have a dry summer.
Most species flower from early summer onwards, making the ‘bulb season’ longer in out Mediterranean climate.
Calochortus are a bulb native to the Pacific Coast of North America from as far North as British Columbia down to Guatemala. Commonly called ‘Mariposa Lily’, ‘Globe Lily’ or ‘Fairy Lantern’ Calochortus make an interesting addition to the garden.
Calochortus do best in a well drained position in full sun and also will also do well in pots. With flowers in early summer and growing to 30 – 40cm Calochortus are well worth a try.
Plant at around 5 – 7 cm apart and 5cm deep. Some species will multiply more quickly than others. A humus rich soil is best and some additional water during early summer is advisable if this a dry period. Like most bulbs, allow foliage to die right back before tidying up.
Propagation is from seed sown in autumn, sow thinly in a well drained seed raising mix, try division of bulb offsets
Calochortus are available from the following nurseries
'Sylvan Vale' 375 Olinda Creek Rd, Kalorama, VIC.3766
Including a large range of Rare and unusual bulbs, corms and perennials
400 Huon Rd South Hobart TAS 7004
Cool climate bulbs for the collector and the gardener. Wide range of crocus, cyclamen, galanthus and fritillaria in Australia