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Sonoran Desert Lilies

Herbaceous, mostly spring perennials growing from underground bulbs. Above ground portions present only following periods of adequate rainfall. Flower parts in multiples of three. Several species, six shown.

Blue Dicks

Dichelostemma capitatum

Desert Lily

Hesperocallis undulata

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Clusters of blue-lilac flowers atop tall slender peduncles. Blooms early on spring on rocky slopes in the Sonoran Desert. Common. Detailed Description

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Large white flowers on stems about ½ m tall. Gray-green leaves have wavy edges. Low desert flats especially in sandy soil.  Detailed Description

Parish's Desert Onion

Allium parishii

Blue Sand Lily

Triteleiopsis palmeri

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Grass-like leaves are mostly withered away when bright red-pink flowers appear in mid spring. Mojave Desert.  Detailed Description

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Impossibly blue six-petaled flowers on tall stalk arising from whithering leaves out of the desert sand. Detailed Description

Desert Mariposa Lily

Calochortus kennedyi

Doubting Mariposa Lily

Mariposa ambiguus

Desert Mariposa Lily

Mariposa Lily

On gently, rocky slopes, mostly higher in elevation than the true Sonoran Desert. Mid spring bloomer and closing by early afternoon. Bright yellow also. More ...

Doubting Mariposa Lily

Mariposa Lily

Low growing, herbaceous, with large showy flowers. Three white petals. Rocky slopes in southeast Arizona, mostly higher in elevation than typical Sonoran Desert. More ...

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