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White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus)

White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus) is an herbaceous perennial that is both native and endemic to California. This beautiful wildflower is also known by several other whimsical names, such as white globe lily, pink fairy lantern, lantern of the fairies, snowy lily-bell, and snow drops. White fairy lantern's showy flowers can be highly variable in color, as demonstrated by the following pictures, but are always fairer and less saturated than those of golden fairy lantern (C. amabilis).

White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus), a California native and endemic wildflower.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0353
White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus) - white, yellow and pink form. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Contra Costa County, California.
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White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus), a California native and endemic wildflower.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0352
White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus) - close-up portrait view of white and red form. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Contra Costa County, California.
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White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus), a California native and endemic wildflower.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0351
White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus) - close-up view of faint yellow and green form. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Contra Costa County, California.
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White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus), a California native and endemic wildflower.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0350
White fairy lantern (Calochortus albus) - faint yellow and green form, low magnification view depicting the plant's uniquely curled, lanceolate leaves. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Contra Costa County, California.
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Next Plant: Yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus)



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