Dormancy and flowering in two mariposa lilies
(Calochortus) with contrasting distribution patterns.
On the northern edge of Ahmanson, there's a tiny population of Plummer's mariposa lilies
that bloom into beautiful, pink cups in the spring.
We saw hundreds of yellow Mount Diablo globe lilies (Calochortus pulchellus, an endemic) and a magnificent population of large, creamylooking mariposa lilies.
You'll see riotous mixed bouquets, upslope and down, including delphiniums, phacelias, foothill poppies (Eschscholtzia caespitosa), Plummer's mariposa lilies, many different lupines, nemophila, clarkias, Chinese houses, and starry pastel swaths of delicate linanthus.
Closer to home are the Santa Monica Mountains, where you can find lupine and monkeyflowers and mariposa lilies
at the Charmlee Wilderness Park in Malibu and also at the Circle X Ranch.
At Zuma Canyon, in an area where authorities lit controlled fires last fall, mariposa lilies
and two-tone everlasting with creamy flowers are filling in space cleared by the burn.
Along roads and hiking trails, you'll find an array of wild pansies, shooting stars, bush lupine, Indian paintbrush, mariposa lilies
, giant coreopsis, wild brodiaea, clinging cleavers, bush poppies, wild hummingbirds, monkey flower and more.
2--SAC edition only--Color) Several varieties of flowers are in bloom, including butterfly Mariposa lilies.
3--Color only in AV edition) Don Mullally stops to look at Chinese house flowers near blooming Mariposa lilies in Towsley Canyon.
Catalina Island: The island's in full bloom with wild pansies, shooting stars, bush lupine, Indian paintbrush, mariposa lilies
, giant coreopsis, wild brodiaea, clinging cleavers, bush poppies, wild hummingbirds, monkey flowers and more.