A little mariposa lily gallery.

When Jody mentioned in a comment here the mariposa (Calochortus) lily that grows on her prairie, it made me look to see which ones I have encountered over the years, farther west. Most of these pictures were taken by my daughter Pippin, but two or three by me. They are so special, I thought I’d put up my small gallery so we can see them all in one place.

Along with mariposas the genus includes globe lilies, fairy lanterns, and others, a total of about 70 species native to North America.

Smokey Mariposa Lily – Calochortus leichtlinii – Lundy Canyon, California
Hairy Mariposa Lily – Calochortus tolmiei – Southern Oregon
Siskiyou County, California
Mt. Diablo, California
Sonoma County, California
Siskiyou County, California

High Sierras, California

8 thoughts on “A little mariposa lily gallery.

  1. Oh Gretchen, these are just wonderful! How thoughtful of you to take the pictures of the many varieties of mariposa lilies. Our lily looks like the last photo. I’m looking forward to finding them again soon. I had no idea that the lilies came in so many colors and styles. Great collection!

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