Close-up of the intricate, striking flower of Mariposa Lily (Calochortus tolmiei). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Growth habit of Mariposa Lily (Calochortus tolmiei). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Close-up of the intricate, striking flower of Mariposa Lily (Calochortus tolmiei). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Tolmie's Mariposa Lily

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Calochortus Tolmiei
  • Size at maturity: 4"-14" tall
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full sun to full shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry soil

Named after the Spanish word for butterfly “mariposa”. Found on dry open grassy slopes and woodlands. Perennial. Full sun to deep shade, needs good drainage and prefers sandy soil.

Photo Credit 1 & 2: "Calochortus tolmiei" by John Game is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 3: "Pussy Ears" by phoca2004 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0