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Calochortus longebarbatus
long-bearded sego-lily

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Yakima and Klickitat counties in Washington; south-central Washington to northern California.

Habitat: Open meadows, low to middle elevations.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bees, beetles


Perennial herb from a deep-seated bulb, the stem erect, 1-5 dm. tall.


Basal leaf flat, 2-3 dm. long and 5-10 mm. broad, shorter than the inflorescence; cauline leaf nearly basal, with a bulblet in the axil.


Umbel 1-3 flowered; flowers lavender-pink, with a deep purplish-red band on each petal just above the gland, erect on slender pedicels; sepals 3, shorter than the petals, lanceolate, pointed, glabrous; petals 3, broadly obovate, wedge-shaped; gland transversely oblong, the surface naked, bordered below with a broad, deeply fringed membrane and above with a band of short, thick processes; stamens 6, in 2 series; style short, stigma trifid, persistent.


Capsule nearly orbicular, 3-winged, erect.

Accepted Name:
Calochortus longebarbatus S. Watson
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 17: 381. 1882.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Calochortus longebarbatus S. Watson var. longebarbatus [FNA26]
Calochortus longebarbatus S. Watson var. peckii Ownbey [FNA26]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Calochortus longebarbatus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Calochortus longebarbatus checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Calochortus longebarbatus information.

E-Flora BC: Calochortus longebarbatus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Calochortus longebarbatus photos.

USDA Plants: Calochortus longebarbatus information.

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