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Calochortus kennedyi ~ Desert Mariposa Lily

Calochortus kennedyi is native to the pinyon juniper woodland and into the creosote and joshua tree desert between 2000 and 7000 feet. In cultivation Calochortus kennedyi requires good drainage and a dry Summer. In a good rainfall year Calochortus kennedyi can nearly carpet a local landscape. Twisted leaves, classic purple and orange clashing colors all in one flower, Calochortus kennedyi is a specimen amongst specimens. It is a sad kind of funny but California's native bulbs are used in landscapes more elsewhere than here.

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Calochortus kennedyi, Desert Mariposa Lily

Twisted leaves and flowers of Calochortus kennedyi the Desert Mariposa Lily. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Calochortus kennedyi, Desert Mariposa Lily

Many Calochortus kennedyi flowers sprouting from gravel under a large chunk of basalt in the Owens Valley.

Calochortus kennedyi, Desert Mariposa Lily

A thin layer of clay on top of shale is enough for these Calochortus kennedyi bulbs on a slope in Lockwood Valley.