Mariposa lily

Asked July 17, 2019, 1:06 PM EDT

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

1 Response

Hello Deb,

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!