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Sego Lily
Liliaceae
Calochortus nuttallii


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heidbenati
Flower Petal # 3
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub


Liliaceae Family

Calochortus Genus
Other Names for this Plant

The State Flower of Utah


Location

Mt. Olympus, Utah.

Physical Description

White Flower with Yellow and Burgundy center.

The Sego Lily has 1 to 4 flowers, each with 3 white petals (and 3 sepals) which are tinged with lilac (occasionally magenta) and have a purplish band radiating from the yellow base. These appear in early summer. Plants are around 15 cm (6 inches) in height and have linear leaves.


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General Information

The flower was chosen as the state flower of Utah due to its importance in pioneering times and its "natural beauty". It was formally adopted on March 18, 1911.

The bulbs of this and other Calochortus species were roasted, boiled or made into a porridge by Native Americans and were also used as a food source by the Mormon pioneers in Utah.
Currently, it is grown as an ornamental for its attractive tulip-shaped flowers.



White Flower
White Flower - September 15, 2009



White Flower
White Flower - September 15, 2009

Comment: Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttallii

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gardengeek
gardengeek
September 15, 2009
That's the state flower of Utah. The Sego Lily.

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