Liliaceae Calochortus nuttallii Torr. & Gray

Sego Lily

Hopi - Other, Ceremonial Items

Use documented by:
Colton, Harold S., 1974, Hopi History And Ethnobotany, IN D. A. Horr (ed.) Hopi Indians. Garland: New York., page 295

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Scientific name: Calochortus nuttallii Torr. & Gray
USDA symbol: CANU3 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Sego Lily
Family: Liliaceae
Family (APG): Nartheciaceae
Native American Tribe: Hopi
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Yellow flower used ceremonially. In the spring, the flower is collected in quantity together with larkspur. Boys holding handfuls of these two plants above their heads are chased by the girls upon certain occasions.

RECRD: 21330 id: 7756