Elegant Mariposa Lily – Calochortus elegans

Lily Family – Liliaceae

Actual flower size: 1 inch across

Actual flower size: 1 inch across

Elegant Mariposa Lily is also called Hairy Cat’s Ear or Elegant Cat’s Ear

Plant Description: Elegant Mariposa Lily has a 2 to 6 inch tall flowering stem which is slender, often weak or bent, with 1 to 7 flowers. There is 1 grass-like, basal leaf, about .5 inch wide and much longer than the flowering stem.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1 inch across. The white petals and sepals have many purple hairs on the lower half and purple blotches at the base. The 3 petals are broad, clawed, with a white fringe on the lower half. The 3 sepals are narrower and shorter than the petals, broad at the base with pointed tips.  There are no hairs on the gland surface. There are 6 stamen, 3 higher than the other 3. The style is short with 3-lobed stigma.

Ecology: Elegant Mariposa Lily grows on grassy hillsides and nearby ponderosa pine forests at middle to high elevations east of the Cascades.

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Actual flower size: 1 inch across