Monday, August 18, 2008

Native Plants Of California ~ #13 In A Series

Mariposa lilies are a native California bulb, growing in dry grassland and semi-deserts, blooming in spring and summer. They're one of about 70 species and grow from British Columbia to Guatemala and east to Nebraska.

They were often eaten by Native Americans and sustained the early Mormon settlers in Utah when their first and second winter crops failed in the Great Salt Lake area.

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