Sego Lily by Virginia Catherall
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Sego Lily

Knitting
November 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
7 stitches = 1 inch
in Stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
6 - 8 yards (5 - 7 m)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The sego lily thrives in the harsh deserts of Utah but its once ubiquitous blooms are now more scarce. Sego is a Shoshonean word thought to mean “edible bulb.” Native Americans taught the Utah Mormon pioneers of 1848-49 to eat the small sego lily bulb to help ward off starvation. In 1911 it was made the state flower of Utah and during the First World War the flower became a symbol of peace in Utah. The fragile and delicate petals belie the sego lily’s tenaciousness and utility.