Montana Outdoors

June 5, 2012

Mariposa Lilies

Mariposa lilies are in bloom now in this area. USDA Plants shows 56 species of Calochortus, all of them confined to the 14 western-most states plus British Columbia and Alberta.

There are many variations in the blossoms even within the same species, but I think they are all beautiful. (I also reserve the right to be completely wrong in my species identifications of them.)

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker’s mariposa lily, Calochortus apiculatus

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat's ear

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat's ear

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat's ear

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat’s ear, Calochortus elegans

Tolmie's mariposa lily, Tolmie's star tulip, Cat's ears

Tolmie's mariposa lily, Tolmie's star tulip, Cat's ears

Tolmie's mariposa lily, Tolmie's star tulip, Cat's ears

Tolmie’s mariposa lily, Tolmie’s star tulip, Cat’s ears, Calochortus tolmie

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