Montana Outdoors

June 10, 2009

More lilies

When it comes to wildflowers I have many favorites. Very high on that list are the Mariposa Lilies and among the reasons for that are the different varieties. They have not all bloomed yet (or I haven’t found them all) but here are a few that have.

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily,
Northwest Mariposa Lily,
Elegant Cat’s Ear
Calochortus elegans

22 Comments »

  1. Those are very interesting lilies–I’ve never seen anything like them. I’m learning so much about flowers from you and a couple of other bloggers…there are so many I’ve never been aware of.

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    Comment by Candace — June 10, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

    • I know. The variety is almost unbelievable. All of the flowers that I’ve posted are wild too And I would guess they are outnumbered by far by the domestic ones. I’m just beginning to understand the point nature is making by all of these.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

  2. I’ve never seen those in this area…. they are stunning!

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    Comment by Cedar — June 11, 2009 @ 7:06 am

    • They are abundant right now. The Tolmie tulip cousin is my favorite and I haven’t seen them yet though.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

  3. Never can have too many lilies! Aren’t they a lovely sort. Must be a western US vintage, nothing like that in Wisconsin.

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    Comment by Bo — June 11, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    • They are just in the far west states Bo, but I don’t know why they haven’t spread out. We were even able to transplant a couple last year and they are blooming, something unusual for our wildflowers here.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  4. These are gorgeous as ever, but today I am feeling a little intimidated by all those hairs. It doesn’t take much imagination for them to start to look like teeth! 😛

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    Comment by Tabbie — June 11, 2009 @ 9:02 am

    • I’ve thought of that too, Tabbie. They look like some of the carnivorous flowers, but they aren’t. Wish they’d nab a few mosquitos though.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  5. These are very beautiful wildflowers. My faves are the ones with purple in the center.

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    Comment by 3bdigitalart — June 11, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    • I like the contrast the purple provides too. I wish I understood why there are so many varieties.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  6. They all put Langtree to shame.

    Great shots.

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    Comment by Pinhole — June 11, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  7. Your photos are turning me into a convert.

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    Comment by rvewong — June 11, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

    • Ah, it’s easy to get caught up in the world of wildflowers, rvewong!

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  8. Elegant…..or elegans – that says it all. Beautiful close-ups!

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    Comment by Maureen — June 11, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

    • Yes Maureen, these are pretty well named. When I see them “elegant” comes right to mind.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  9. the last one is my favorite. don’t get me wrong… they are all beautiful!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — June 11, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    • I imagine, Jewel that we each see them a little differently. Tonight I went on a short hike and saw perhaps a thousand of them. I decided my favorite was the one I was currently looking at.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  10. Wow! These are very interesting lilies. I haven’t seen this kind before. Beautiful captures. You must live in wildflowers paradise. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — June 12, 2009 @ 6:55 am

    • I think it’s just that we still have wild country here, Anna.

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2009 @ 8:46 am

  11. Wow!

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    Comment by heretoliveoutloud — June 14, 2009 @ 2:57 pm


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