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Calochortus venustus ~ Butterfly Mariposa Lily

Calochortus venustus grows in habitat varying from valley grassland up into the yellow pine forest. The Butterfly Mariposa Lily is one of the more regularly available Calochortus species. The flowers of Calochortus venustus vary from almost completely white to purple. Mariposa translates to butterfly. Calochortus venustus blooms in the late spring. The native range of Calochortus venustus includes the Sierra Nevada Range, Coastal Ranges, and the Tehachapi's. This species of Mariposa Lily is more likely to be successful in the garden setting than many of the other Calochortus because of its broad soil tolerance. Calochortus flowers are often havens for intriguing insects. This series of Calochortus venustus photos was taken at Mount Pinos, CA.

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Calochortus venustus, Butterfly Mariposa Lily

Flowers of Calochortus venustus the Butterfly Mariposa Lily. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.