1000 Calochortus albus var. albus - Sierra Form (Fairy Lantern)-------SOLD OUT
Gracefully arching stems with pendant globe-shaped flowers
that are a translucent pearly-white - “Like soap bubbles”. FEW
1010 Calochortus albus v. rubellus (Fairy Lantern)---------- Not available this year
This selection of C. albus has flowers that are deep wine.
1020 Calochortus amabilis - “Diogenes’ Lantern” (Fairy Lantern)--- SOLD OUT
Dangling deep yellow ‘lanterns’ with fringed petals. Delightful!
1030 Calochortus amoenus (Fairy Lantern) ----- Not available this year
An exquisite fairy lantern with rose-pink to lavender flowers.
1035 Calochortus argillosus - Central Form (Mariposa) -----Each: $ 6.00
The most beautiful of the C. argillosus forms, with petals that
vary from lavender to a deep rose-purple.
1040 Calochortus argillosus - Northern Form (Mariposa) - Each: $ 6.00
Large tulip-shaped flowers that are deep purple outside, white inside.
1050 Calochortus argillosus - Southern Form (Mariposa) ----- SOLD OUT
The Southern form of this lovely Mariposa has strikingly marked flowers,
white with a purple star on the inside, deep purple on the outside.
1053 Calochortus bruneaunis ----- Not available this year
A beautiful species from the Great Basin, where it endures extremely
harsh desert conditions, with cold, dry winters and hot summers.
1070 Calochortus catalinae (Mariposa) ----- Each: $ 6.00
Beautiful early blooming white flowers with violet shading and
deep purple inner markings.
1079 Calochortus clavatus var. recurvifolius (Mariposa) ------ Not available this year
NEW - A lovely form of C. clavatus that is highly branched on short curved stems.
1080 Calochortus clavatus var. clavatus (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Huge deep yellow flowers on sturdy zig-zag stems.
1082 Calochortus clavatus var. gracilis (Mariposa) ----- SOLD OUT
Smaller than C. clavatus with dark yellow petals and deep
1084 Calochortus clavatus var. pallidus (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
The petals of this variety are a luminous lemon yellow without
the petal markings of the other varieties.
1086 Calochortus concolor (Mariposa) --------Not available this year
A desert species that needs dry conditions with large deep yellow flowers.
1089 Calochortus dunnii (Mariposa) --- Not available this year
A very rare species from Southern California with small white
flowers with a burgundy blotch at the base. Multiple flowers are held on branched stems. Needs dry
1090 Calochortus greenei (Mariposa) ------ Not available this year
From southern Oregon, with tulip-shaped flowers that are lavender with bands
of yellow and plum at the base.
1095 Calochortus gunnisonii (Mariposa) -------- Not available this year
For the first time, Telos is offering this beautiful species from the Rocky
Mountains. This is the purple form, with gold hairs and gold banding in the throat.
Thoroughly hardy, tolerates summer water. Zone 5
1094 Calochortus howellii --- Not available this year
Somewhat similar in appearance to C. umpquaensis this lovely species
from southern Oregon has large white flowers with brown hairs at the base.
1093 Calochortus invenustus (Mariposa) -- Not available this year
A difficult species from the dry mountains of southern California, with
dazzling white petals that have a smoky lilac tinge to them.
1096 Calochortus kennedyi (Mariposa) -----Not available this year
Yes!! Finally, the most desirable Calochortus of all! It hasn't been easy
to grow this desert species in a damp climate, but now Telos has a few bulbs available.
Needs very dry conditions. (photo courtesy of Gary Monroe)
1097 Calochortus longebarbatus (Mariposa) ----Not available this year
Lavender flowers with long wispy hairs on the interior with a red
crescent at the base. An unusual Calochortus from the Modoc plateau.
1200 Calochortus luteus (Mariposa) --- Not available this year
An outstanding Mariposa, both beautiful and easy to grow. Large, bright
yellow flowers with brownish-maroon inner markings on 18" stems. Grown
from wild collected seed, these are fully mature bulbs, ready to bloom.
1210 Calochortus macrocarpus -- Not available this year
NEW -- A widespread species that grows from southern Canada on down to Idaho, Montana and Oregon,
where it grows in desert conditions, experiencing extreme heat and cold.
1220 Calochortus monophyllus (Cat's Ears) -- Each: SOLD OUT
This lovely little Cat's Ear has furry yellow petals.
1221 Calochortus nitidus -- Not available this year
NEW -- A very beautiful species with a limited range from southern Washington and Oregon. This rare
species is a high altitude Calochortus and can tolerate some summer rain.
1240 Calochortus obispoensis (Mariposa) ---- Not available this year
An unusual Calochortus with narrow petals completely covered with
reddish hairs. This rare Calochortus is grown from cultivated stock.
(photo courtesy of Gary Monroe) FEW AVAILABLE
1280 Calochortus pulchellus (Fairy lantern) -- Not available this year
Large lemon yellow 'lanterns' dangle many to a stem.
1260 Calochortus palmeri v. palmeri (Mariposa) ----- Each: $ 6.00
A rare species with pale, pinkish-lavender flowers, and fine yellow hairs.
1265 Calochortus palmeri v. munzii (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Shorter than C. palmeri v. palmeri, and with deeper pink flowers.
1270 Calochortus plummerae (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Large pale lavender to rose flowers, the inner surface of the petals
covered with long yellow hairs that are tipped black. Grows 12-30” tall.
1305 Calochortus simulans (Mariposa) ----- Each: $ 6.00
This lovely Calochortus has extra large flowers that are pink to salmon
on the outside and white inside. Very dramatic in color, it somewhat resembles
C. venustus in form.
1300 Calochortus splendens (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Deep lilac flowers on 12-18" stems, with fringed petals and inner purple markings.
These lovely flowers are lightly scented.
1305 Calochortus striatus (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
The only Calochortus that has striped flowers. Smaller flowers have
pink and white stripes. Very rare.
1320 Calochortus superbus (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Large white flowers with red inner markings and purple tints
on the outside. 12-24" tall. An easy and adaptable Calochortus.
1330 Calochortus syntrophus (Mariposa) ----- Not available
A recently described species from a very restricted area in
Shasta County, California, this lovely Calochortus has pristine white
petals each with a ruby mark at the base. Grown from cultivated stock.
1350 Calochortus tolmiei (Cat’s Ears) Each: $ 6.00
Many flowers of white with a deep purple center, on 6-8” stems. The inner
surfaces of the petals are densely covered with hairs. Dainty and very charming.
1360 Calochcortus tolmiei - Whiskeytown Form (Cat’s Ears) ---- Not available this year
A rare and beautiful rose pink form. Very dwarf, the stems
are only 2-4”. Zone 6. Small bulbs
1365 Calochortus sp. nova (Cat's Ears) ---- Each: $ 6.00 small bulbs
This stunning Cat's Ears Calochortus appears to be an undescribed
species, its characteristics not matching any of the members of this
1370 Calochortus umbellatus (Star tulip) ---- Each: $ 6.00
Probably once ambundant, but rare now due to development in the
San Francisco Bay Area. The dainty lavender flowers are in an umbel.
1380 Calochortus umpquaensis (Cat’s Ears) ----- Not available
A rare and unusual Cat’s Ears, with hairy white petals shading to purple brown
in the center. Grown from cultivated stock. 16” tall.
1390 Calochortus uniflorus (Star Tulip) ---- Each: $ 4.00
Satiny lavender-pink flowers on 9" stems. An easy-to-grow species
of Calochortus that tolerates moderate summer watering.
1748 Caochortus venustus Color Mix C (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
NEW - This population of Calochortus venustus offers the most amazing
mix of colors, from yellow to orange, copper to burgundy, with an occasional white.
1410 Calochortus venustus - White Form (Mariposa) ---- Not available this year
The inner surfaces of the petals are white, with red and yellow markings.
The outer surfaces are washed with lavender. Large flowers on 12-24" stems.
1460 Calochortus venustus – Red Form ----- SOLD OUT
This must be the most stunningly beautiful of all, with deep ruby red on
the inner surface of the petals, silver on the outside. The huge flowers
have a velvety sheen. Grow 15-30" tall.
1450 Calochortus venustus - Purple Form (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Brilliant rose pink to purple flowers, all with striking markings on tall
1475 Calochortus vestae - Bell Springs (Mariposa) ----- Each: $ 7.00
This population of this gorgeous Calochortus has flowers ranging from
white through pink to deep purple, all with beautiful inner markings.
1510 Calochortus weedii var. weedii (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Lemon yellow petals covered with hairs on the inner surface. The base of each
hair has a maroon dot, giving it a polka-dotted appearance. The flowers are
squared-off bells on 16-24” stems.
1515 Calochortus weedii var. intermedius (Mariposa) ----- Not available this year
Restricted to Orange County in California, this variety of C. weedii
has fringed petals that are tinted red with red markings at the base.
1512 Calochortus weedii var. vestus (Mariposa) -----Not available this year
NEW -- From Santa Barbara County in southern California with yellowish
flowers variably streaked and marked with purple and red, all covered with yellow hairs.
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A genus of spectacularly beautiful bulbs from the western U.S. and
Mexico. The Western U.S. species listed here grow through the
winter, bloom in spring, and go dormant in the summer (when they
must be kept largely dry). These bulbs are not difficult to grow if
their needs are met. Zone 5-10. SHIPS AUGUST-NOVEMBER
See www.thebulbmaven.typepad.com for a posting on Calochortus
C. vestae Bell Springs
There are three main types of Calochortus :
Mariposas -- Tall, graceful plants with large upward-facing, bowl-shaped flowers in a
spectacular range of colors.
Star Tulips and Cat's Ears -- These are small plants suitable for the rock garden, with
petals that are either smooth (Star Tulips) or densely covered with silky hairs (Cat's Ears).
Fairy Lanterns (or Globe Tulips) -- Pendant flowers, usually many to a stem, that are
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