Calochortus albus is a species in the genus Calochortus in the family Liliaceae. It is also known by the common names fairy lantern, white fairy lantern, pink fairy lantern, lantern of the fairies, globe lily, white globe lily, white globe-tulip, alabaster tulip, Indian bells, satin bells, snowy lily-bell, and snow drops.

Albus comes from Latin, and means 'white' or 'bright'. Calochortus is derived from Greek meaning 'beautiful grass', a reference to the characteristic grass-like foliage of the genus.

It is a widespread, variable species, blooming in winter and spring and going dormant after anthesis (flowering period) until the start of the autumn rains.

Height is 20–80 cm high at maturity.

Stems are erect to arching, slender, glaucous, and simple to branching, reaching 7.5- to 80 cm.

Basal leaves measure 20 to 70 cm in length, 1–5 cm in width, and are lax, shiny, and persistent.

Cauline leaves are laceolate to linear, measuring 5 to 25 cm in length.

Flowers are borne in groups of 1 or 2. Bracts are generally paired, lanceolate, and measure 1–5 cm in length. They are delicate, pendent, nodding, 2–3 cm closed orbs of pearly white to deep pink, to almost wine-red, occasionally greenish. Flowers from late March April to early July.

Widespread in shady to open woods and scrub, partially shaded grasslands, exposed coastal bluffs, and is often found in rocky places. May be found in many plant communities below 5,000 ft or 2,000m, including foothill woodlands, yellow pine forests, and chaparral.

Present throughout the southern two-thirds of California. May be found in the Sierra Nevada foothills, southern coast ranges, and peninsular ranges, from Baja California, to San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area, extending to northern California and the California Channel Islands.

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