Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 5-9
- Spacing: 6"
- Height: 12-24"
- Ships As: package of 10 bulbs
Mariposa Lilies Mixture
Calochortus are in the lily family, Liliaceae, and are native to the western coast of North America and Mexico. There are over 50 species, with grassy foliage and colors ranging from whites to yellows and pinks to purples. The genus name is Greek in origin; ‘kalos’ means beautiful and ‘chortus’ means grass. Our Mariposa Lilies Mixture will produce cup-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, cream, pink and orange, resembling butterfly wings.
Plant bulbs 2-4” deep and 6” apart in an area that receives full to part sun. Plant pointed end up. You may see evidence of roots on the bottom of bulbs; if in doubt, plant bulbs sideways. Good drainage is essential for Mariposa lilies. If needed, add coarse sand and compost to the soil to increase both drainage and water retention.
Keep plants watered well during the growing season, and allow them to dry out over the summer. As with other spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. Apply a thick layer of mulch after the ground freezes, to protect the bulbs from winter’s freezing and thawing cycles.