|Scientific Name||Calochortus nuttallii||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CANU3|
|Common Name||Sego Lily||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||42863|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills and high desert to montane (4700 to 9200 ft); dry slopes, flats, shale or clay hills.
Plant: Erect, perennial, unbranched slender stem 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear basal leaves 4 to 8 inches long withering early; a few shorter, alternate stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Large cup-shaped flowers 2 to 3 inches across with 3 rounded white, lilac, lavender-blue or pink petals with yellow at base and reddish brown or purple band or blotch; yellowish or pinkish, oblong anthers; 3 lanceolate sepals with pointed tips; 2-3 leafy bracts below.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Southwest Desert Flora and SEINet.
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