Calochortus kennedyi – Desert Mariposa Lily

Calochortus kennedyi - Desert Mariposa Lily (orange flower)

Calochortus kennedyi - Desert Mariposa Lily (yellow flower)

Calochortus kennedyi - Desert Mariposa Lily

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Calochortus kennedyi

Common Name: Desert Mariposa Lily

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland. Orange-flowered Desert Mariposa Lilies are most common in dry, rocky desert areas, while the yellow-flowered ones are typically found in grassy upland areas.

Flower Color: Brilliant orange, Yellow

Flowering Season: Spring. This beautiful wildflower blooms in March or April in years with sufficient winter rain.

Height: To 16 inches (41 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) across and have three fan-shaped petals, each with with black or purple at the base. The leaves are grayish green, narrowly linear and grass-like with margins curled upward. The stems are slender and upright.

Special Characteristics

Legal StatusProtected Native Plant (Salvage Restricted)


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass: Liliidae
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus: Calochortus Pursh – mariposa lily
Species: Calochortus kennedyi Porter – desert mariposa lily

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map