Montana Outdoors

June 5, 2017

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:51 pm

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus elegans

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  1. Hairy little thing!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 5, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

    • I wonder about their purpose and also that particular color.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2017 @ 6:47 am

      • Maybe to brush the pollen off the bees’ knees when they come visiting from other flowers? It is a beautiful maroon colour and very striking against the white (good for attracting pollinators).

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 6, 2017 @ 8:49 am

  2. Really elegant! Congrats and thanks.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — June 5, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

  3. Thank you! This is a new colour of mariposa lily for me, and very welcome. She’s a beauty, as always.

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — June 6, 2017 @ 7:11 am

    • I haven’t found this one to be widespread. I first saw it in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, but this one was in the Cabinets just across the river.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2017 @ 7:39 am

  4. Such an interesting flower. Love the coloring of this one.
    Again, you are ahead of flowers here.

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    Comment by Tammie — June 6, 2017 @ 8:14 am

    • It’s a very unusual year. Lots of the flowers are blooming out of their normal sequence so I don’t know what to expect. The Bear Grass is abundant so far at between 4,000 feet and 4,400 feet. Hasn’t gone further up yet.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2017 @ 10:31 am

  5. My wife says beautiful

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    Comment by John Purdy — June 6, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

  6. BEAUTIFUL! I know how hard those things are to photograph!

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    Comment by Anonymous — June 6, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    • Thanks! Luckily it was cloudy, which gave me control over the light.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

  7. Wow, that sure is hairy! They must bloom in the cold. A lot of hairy plants here are one’s that bloom in early spring when it’s cold, like hepatica.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 6, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

    • I don’t understand what the purpose of the “hair” is. They bloom starting in early June and on through the summer, and they like the sun and a rather dry environment. I also don’t understand the hair color; some have white hair. It may be an arrangement they have with their pollinators.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

      • I’ve always thought the hairs kept them warm but I don’t think anyone really knows for sure.
        Why flowers have certain colors is a mystery to me as well, but I’d say it’s a good bet that it has something to do with continuation of the species.

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        Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

  8. That’s your fave! Very striking.

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    Comment by Candace — June 6, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

  9. So elegant. That rich, rich color certainly would attract me if I were a pollinator. And I suppose the white helps, too, particularly in a dark wood. It is a beautiful thing.

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 6, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

    • I think this is the prettiest of the Mariposa Lilies, or at least the ones that I’ve seen.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2017 @ 11:41 pm

  10. Hairy but so very elegant! 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 9, 2017 @ 11:18 pm


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