Calochortus catalinae * Catalina Mariposa Lily
Calochortus catalinae is the most widespread of the Mariposa Lilies in our area. In May when the Catalina Mariposa Lily starts to open I find them to be a special joy. The intricacy of the pattern in the bloom draws me in almost as well as it does for the insects. Calochortus catalinae grows in moderately heavy soils in grassland and open woodlands. This California native can be found in the southern coastal ranges and the channel islands below the elevation of 2,000 ft. On the mainland the Catalina Maraposa Lily's range is threatened by development.
High resolution images of Calochortus catalinae are available in our garden image catalog.