White Mariposa Lily -Calochortus eurycarpus

White Mariposa Lily (Calochortus eurycarpus) is often found in masses, standing proud among the grasses and herbs of mountain meadows, grasslands, and open forests throughout the intermountain west.

A member of the lily family, white mariposa lily grows from a perennial bulb with a single grass-like stem up to 20 inches tall bearing 1-5 flowers. The flower features three large white petals each with a prominent purple blotch in the center. Near the base of each petal a small, yellow, crescent-shaped gland attracts beetles by secreting a nectar-like substance.

This photo was taken in a meadow near Picabo Idaho in June of 2019.

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