Calochortus plummerae E. Greene

Plummer's Mariposa Lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)

  Plummer's mariposa lily is a slender-branched perennial that grows 1-2' tall from a bulb and has 2-4 erect, widely bell-shaped pink to rose flowers with 3 sepals and 3 sometimes irregularly-toothed and sometimes fringed petals, the insides of which are covered with long yellow hairs.  The mostly basal leaves which grow to 16" long and 1/2" wide are usually withered at the time of flowering.  This beautiful mariposa lily inhabits dry, rocky slopes, brushy areas and openings in chaparral below 5000'.  It may occasionally be found in coastal sage scrub to yellow pine forest from the Santa Monica Mts to the San Jacintos, and blooms from May to July.  It is described in the Jepson Manual as rare. These pictures were taken in Cobal Canyon above Claremont.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Calochortus 2) plummerae.
Pronunciation: kal-oh-KOR-tus PLUM-er-ee.
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