So delicate, but this lily survives wildfires

"Mariposa — or “butterfly” in Spanish — is a fitting name for these colorful flowers that thrive in harsh environments despite their delicate appearance."

Gunnison's Mariposa Lily - Calochortus gunnisonii
NPS Photo
"The mariposa lily is capable of surviving in hot, dry conditions, often on rocky outcrops where other plants cannot grow. It sprouts each year from an underground bulb that can support several flowers . . . Several years may pass before a bulb reaches maturity and produces a flower . . . The fact that the mariposa lily grows from a bulb gives it some interesting qualities, including the ability to survive wildfires."


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