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.
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