Calochortus is a genus of bulbous plants. It includes 70 species of which 28 are endemic to California.

Mariposa lily is a bulbous plant. It has wedge shaped open petals. It produces one or more flowers on a stem that arises from the bulb.

This plant blossoms in Spring or early summer. Flowers can be white, yellow, pink, purple, bluish or streaked.

The inner sides of the petals are hairy which is useful in distinguishing the species from one another.

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