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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. It is a sad kind of funny but California's native bulbs are used in landscapes more elsewhere than here. The soil these plants were found on was decomposed granite and basalt.

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High resolution images of Calochortus kennedyi are available in our garden image catalog.

Calochortus kennedyi, Desert Mariposa Lily

Calochortus kennedyi has this amazing twisted foliage, almost as much fun as the flowers themeselves. These top two Desert Mariposa Lily photos were taken in the Owens Valley.

Calochortus kennedyi, Desert Mariposa Lily

Bright orange flowers, rich purple anthers, almost black nectaries at the base of the petals, the flowers of Calochortus kennedyi break all of the color rules..

Calochortus kennedyi, Desert Mariposa Lily

This image of Calochortus kennedyi was taken in Lockwood Valley.