I feel like I could stare at this flower forever. I just can’t get over it. Remember when girls wore little angora collars with their sweaters? That’s what this looks like – so soft and fuzzy and appealing. It’s just extraordinary.
I remember those collars.
There are perhaps a hundred species in this genus and the half dozen that I’ve seen are all beautiful. I also like the names. The genus comes from the Greek ‘kalo’ meaning “beautiful” and ‘chortos’ Meaning “grass”. “Mariposa” is Spanish for butterfly.
They like rather dry, grassy slopes and open woodlands and grow at many different elevations. They’re about the size of a silver dollar and the blossoms are usually around 6 inches from the ground, making them fairly easy to see if they are present.
My favorite book on plants states that there are cultivated mariposa lilies sold through garden outlets (probably in Canada where the book was published). Also that they will propagate from seed but it takes 3 – 5 years to produce a flowering bulb.