Desert Lily

CarolM

San Bernardino, United States

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The desert lily grows in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of southeastern California, western Arizona and northwestern Mexico on sandy desert flats and slopes below 2500 feet.

Looking much like an Easter Lily, it can be easily seen growing along desert roads in the spring.

The Desert Lily has a deep bulb that sends up a stem in early spring that can be 1 to 4 feet high. These bulbs can remain in the ground for several years, waiting for enough moisture to emerge.

A cluster of long, blue-green leaves with white margins grows just above the ground. The Desert Lily’s leaves are about an inch wide with wavy edges and grow 8 to 20 inches long.

Large, cream-colored, funnel-shaped flowers, 2-1/2 inches wide, bloom March through May. Flowers have 6 petal-like segments, each with a silver-green band on the back. Clusters of these fragrant flowers may be as much as much as a foot long.

The Desert Lily was called “Ajo (garlic) Lily” by the Spanish because of the bulb’s flavor. Native Americans used the bulb as a food source.

Photographed in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, Canon D40

Info from www.desertusa.com

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