Winding Mariposa Lily

Calochortus flexuosus

Winding Mariposa Lily

Color: White, lilac, pink

Common name: Winding Mariposa Lily

Latin name: Calochortus flexuosus


Height: to 18 inches tall.

Description: Stem 10–20 cm, branched, generally wavy. Stems are not erect but grow up through other plants or shrubs for support or merely lean over to the ground. Flowers 1–4, erect. Flower bell-shaped; marked basally with yellow band and purple spot. Sepals 20–30 mm; petals 30–40 mm, white, lilac-tinged, sparse short-hairs near nectary.

Leaf: 1–2 basal leaves may be present or withering with bloom.

Range: e Desert, upper slopes.

Habitat: Dry, rocky sites; Creosote-bush or sagebrush scrub

Elevation: 600–1700 m.

Flowering time: Apr–May

Notes: Photographed May 7, 2005 Kingston Mountains, Calif. and May 14, 2010, Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park, Nev. A monocot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: to Colorado. Horticulture information: Difficult; needs special care in all zones; has complex requirements.

Winding Mariposa Lily

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