Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Calochortus uniflorus (Cat’s Ear, Short Stemmed Mariposa Lily, Monterey Mariposa Lily, Large-Flowered Star-Tulip)


 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Liliopsida – Monocotyledons






 Liliaceae – Lily family


 Calochortus Pursh – mariposa lily


 Calochortus uniflorus Hook. & Arn. – Monterey mariposa lily

Photo, left, credit:  California BLM


Coming across a Mariposa Lily anywhere at any time is always a treat. This shorter Pacific northwest lily is a bit easier to grow than some of the taller ones.

  • It does best in moist meadows and open woodland situations in USDA zones 8-9.

  • It is found naturally at lower elevations of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and can also be found around Monterey, California.

  • The solid bright lavender to pink petals have small hairs, therefore dubbed Cat’s Ears. Flowering late spring--mid summer.

  • The pronounced stamens are quite attractive and the tepals peeking through the petals give these lilies their characteristic look.

  • Cat’s Ear needs spring moisture but loves a dry sunny position in summer with good drainage, a great rock garden lily.

Photo, left, credit:  Don Loarie; Photo, center, credit: Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management - Flickr; Photo, right, credit:  Don Loarie

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