12 responses to “Calochortus macrocarpus”

  1. Gabriel

    How refreshingly unique. What a stunning piece of God’s handiwork.

  2. pam- del mar,CA

    hi,again. down here in DM mariposa is a very familiar palabra(word)yo se poquito de espanol de mexico. gracias!

  3. Kelle

    I love the pics! Nice color…

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks for the compliments all.
    Gabriel: I humbly suggest that the form and structure of this flower that we see today is the byproduct of millions of years of evolution, a process of continual change that is still in action today. Our observation that it is “beautiful” is at least in part a learned response to the different, the rare and the unusual.
    All that being said, I think that whatever or whoever we choose to ascribe the mystery of how this flower came to be, whether it be evolution, or God, or Allah, or Modimo, those of us who enjoy it for its form and structure can revel in it.

  5. Sandy

    One of the highlights of my annual spring “botanizing hikes” is the sight of one (or all in a rainy year) of our 3 local Calochortus species that grow in the mountains next to the Mojave Desert. They are just drop-dead gorgeous. Your Calochortus, though, beats our species for color and delicacy. What a treat for the eyes. Thanks for the gorgeous photos.
    Sandy – Tehachapi, CA

  6. angelique wood

    just found a field of these lovlies and found it a most transformative experience. I don’t know if a god was involved, but the precious, fragile colour and petal form in marked contrast to the sturdy resiliency they showed by growing in the semi-desert, surrounded by sagebrush and cacti, certainly gave me the feeling something supernatural was at work. Vancouver BC Canada

  7. Julie

    This is most definitely , one if the most beautiful flowers I have seen, even if only in pictures. Will they, by any chance, survive in the southeastern part of the US? Does anyone know?

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Hi Julie – I have my doubts. I’m not a horticulturist, but from its ecological requirements, it seems the southeastern US would not meet its needs. Might be a question to ask on the garden’s discussion forums to see if someone’s had any experience with it.

  9. Dave Stephens

    The Mariposa lily is truly an amazing plant, so beautiful, but also so well adapted to drought and uncertain rainfall. This flower, along with Brodia, grows in VAST abundance over such an insanely huge range – it is beyond silly to call it “endangered” in any way. In drought years it certainly does disappear, but when the rains come back, so does the Mariposa, with a vengeance! On my family’s property in Northeastern Oregon, most plants had 6 blooms, some had 12-13, and there were 20+ plants per square yard! The year before there were much less, of course, but still plenty.
    Do you know that when the Mormons first came to the Salt Lake area, they were starving and the local indians showed them to eat Calochortus nuttallii (Sego lily) and thus saved the lives of many early pioneers? The entire plant is edible, blooms, seed buds, stem, leaf and bulb.

  10. Laura

    Thanks for the photo Daniel.
    I saw this plant last weekend up in Skihist park (close to Lytton BC).
    Laura (the one that knew the late Vivian, I miss her!)

  11. Tom Britanyak

    When I first bought my digital camera, I took pictures of flowers every chance I had. One day I was traveling back from Spokane, headed west on Hwy 2. It is a very desolate area. The ground was parched and cracked in temperatures over 100 degrees. I didn’t really expect to find any flowers along the way. As I drove I noticed some white specks way off the road and wondered what they could be. As it turned out, the specks were, for me an amazing find. They were the Calochortus Macrocarpus. They had no leaves to speak of. Imagine my surprise discovering such exquisite flowers, some almost 5″ across, in the most desolate area in Washington state. I can send photos if anyone is interested.

  12. Linda Hoobler

    I was trying to find the name to identify a beautiful flower I found at the Palouse Falls on June 26,2011 when were there celebrating the life of my recently passed husband. It’s colors were much deeper and a brighter yellow.I don’t know if it’s just time of year or the location of country it is growing in. Would be glad to share photo sure it’s this same flower identified here.
    This is what Thought I shared after I saw this Flower :
    June 26,2011
    Meadow Flower I found at the Palouse Falls.This is definately got to be Mike & My flower the colors Purple & Yellow are our favorite colors mine purple Mike’s yellow. And if you notice the petals two sizes of petals 3 of each.When we were dating Mike always signed off with XXX 000 ( Mike said he always loved me the red cross way that in red cross classes I guess he had to do everything 3 times? So I always got the XXX 000 3 times on the hugs and kisses.in my letters.
    So I’m sure the Petals are the XXX 000 that Mike used to always send when we were apart. I never saw this flower when we came here together in 2009 and I’m sure it’s just the different season.
    But my heart thinks Mike let me find this today as a reminder of the XXX 000 Mike is once again sending me while we are apart and happy I returned him to the Falls again.
    Would so love to plant this at my home in Idaho if it’s possible.

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