I have bunches of Mariposa Lilies popping up in our 2 acre pasture. If I can get advice on how/when to transplant I would appreciate it. Also if anyone wants some, please let me know. We have been here a year and they were not there last year. I was a Master Gardener in Florida. Thanks! Deb Curlee
Jefferson County Colorado
Thank you for offering your Mariposa Lilies. One of Colorado's many endemic treasures.
Mariposa lilies are of the genus Calochortus, grown from a subterranean bulb.
Provided in the following link are propagation techniques from the Pacific Bulb Society, specifically for Calochortus species:
As per the USDA Plant Database, the Calochortus species endemic to Colorado include:
- Calochortus elegans Pursh
- Calochortus aureus
- Calochortus flexuosus
- Calochortus gunnisonii
- Calochortus nuttallii
Provided is another propagation guide from the University of Washington. Note that the list is species-specific, so consult the USDA Plant Database for identification of the lilies on your property.
Please let us know if you have further questions.
Good luck with propagation!