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  • Flowering Time
    • June
  • Planting Time
    • March
    • April
    • September
    • October
  • Growing
    • Needs Winter Protection
    • Perennial
  • Flowering Height
    • 30 cm
  • Bulb Size
    • 4/+ cm
  • Colour
    • Pinks & Pastels
    • Purples & Mauves

Calochortus Cupido

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Often referred to as ‘fairy lanterns’ and ‘butterfly tulips’, the delicate, crepe-paper petals of Calochortus ‘Cupido’ flutter daintily on the breeze. Calochortus is derived from the Greek meaning ‘beautiful grass’ – a fitting name for the fine, wispy, chive-like foliage crowned by violet-pink, bowl-shaped blooms. Native to California, these pretty, drought-tolerant blooms are rarely seen in the UK, but despite the fragile-looking flowers, this variety is surprisingly robust. Calochortus ‘Cupido’ will thrive on any free-draining soil, given protection from the worst of the winter wet. A lovely addition to soften rockeries and containers displays.

Care Guide

For thriving Calochortus, choose a sunny, sheltered site.  Plant the bulbs in groups, 5cm deep and 10-15cm apart in well-drained, gritty soil.

Soil should stay moderately damp, but never waterlogged as this may lead to rotting.

Graceful stems up 30cm tall hold delicate, upturned blooms, often referred to as ‘Fairy Lanterns’ during June.

Bulbs can be left in the ground in milder regions but should be lifted and stored in a frost-free place to ensure their protection over the winter months in most areas.

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