5 responses to “Calochortus tiburonensis”

  1. michael aman

    I don’t know the plant. But if it has only one leaf (or even if it had several),picking any part of it would severely reduce tissue available for photosynthesizing. And put great stress on the plant as it tried to produce next year’s bulb. Same is true for trilliums. The three leaves are just under the flower, and to pick a stem long enough for a bouquet, everything goes and nothing is left to nourish the bulb.

  2. Eric Simpson

    Calochortus is a simply stunning genus, flower-wise. It’s also probably the most-posted flower in the California Native Plant Society’s Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/38417209275/). It does die back to a bulb every year, so I’m not entirely convinced harvesting the flower would kill it, though I’m against picking parts of any native plant (except maybe berries when in profusion as a trailside *snack*).

  3. David Eickhoff

    Stunning plant Sandy! Calochortus remind me of growing up in Oregon and hiking in the back woods and mountain trails.
    About the picking of leaves, the same may be true of Cypripedium acuale and C. fasciculatum, which have only two leaves like Trillium sp.
    One spring in the late 1970’s when I was on vacation, my sister broke the news about one of my toddler nephews, systematically picked off nearly all the flowers & leaves on Cypripediums (C. montanum, C. californicum, C. reginae, C. pubescens, and including the two named above, and several other perennials) in my garden. He paid for it with a nasty rash from the hairs on the leaves. And, I was livid beyond words! (I got over it)
    But interestingly, only C. acuale and C. fasciculatum never came up again!

  4. Tamara Bonnemaison

    Thanks Michael – Calochortus species do indeed have one to only a few leaves. Your explanation makes a lot of sense, and clears up my confusion about why picking mariposa lilies should always be off-limits.

  5. Eric Hunt

    Ring Mountain is an absolute gem of a park smack in the middle of heavily suburbanized southern Marin County.
    The original Bay Area regional master plans had a freeway running down the Tiburon peninsula connecting to a new bridge to SF using Alcatraz as a stepping stone. The Ring Mountain Site was to be flattened and turned into a mega-regional shopping mall.
    Luckily none of that prevailed.
    There are just too many fabulous native plants and too many stunning, breathtaking views of the Bay, Mt. Tamalapais, and San Francisco from this park to pick one. If you’ve got time, sit down and scroll through this set of images compiled between 2009 and 2011:
    Any native plant enthusiast visiting the Bay Area between late March and mid-June should put this park on their to-do list!

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