"Butterfly" Lilies in the Forest

A Walk in the Woods


Randi de Santa Anna

Mariposas (Calochortus apiculatus)

I am so appreciative of the many successions of flower blooms here in Montana! After the remarkable beargrass show we just had down in the valley, the mariposa lilies have come on in full force.

Mariposa means "butterfly" in Spanish. If you take a walk right now you'll see the tiny bright "butterflies" of individual mariposas scattered throughout the forest. In my mind they are the epitome of delicate – three creamy white petals blooming at the tip of a grey green stalk bearing one long, slender leaf.

Mariposas are in the Lily Family. There are five species of Calochortus in the Rocky M...

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