Sunday, July 19, 2009


Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttallii, is a bulbous perennial which is common to the Western United States.

It is also the state flower of Utah. (Wikipedia) The bulbs of this and other Calochortus species were roasted, boiled or made into a porridge by Native Americans and were also used as a food source by the Mormon pioneers in Utah. (Wikipedia) The blubs are the size of a small onion and, to me, taste like a cross between lettuce and potatoes.

The open places in the forests near here which are, more often than not, covered with snow; are now (thanks to an unusually wet spring) adrift in wild flowers.

There are dozens of varieties of blossoms. But, I think, the Sego Lily is queen of the mountain fields.

Wooly Daisy
Sticky Geranium

Indian Paintbrush



Wouldn't they all be lovely in a natural garden.

Pretty pretty pretty

Cindy said...

Beautiful wildflowers. I love them all and they have such great names. ~Cindy

Jenn Jilks said...

Everything is edible, isn't it? My muskrat took out my zucchini blossoms, too. He looks pretty healthy!

Great photos.

olivia said...

Those are beautiful Leenie. Love wildflowers - there's something about seeing such beauty growing where it decides ... :)

DayPhoto said...

I just saw a field of those Lilies and wondered what they were and bam! You told me!

Thank you so much!


Linda Sue said...

so pretty! They look yummy!
BTW I don't know what to do with the quills but they will appear somewhere I am sure- Pokey neckwear??

Woman in a Window said...

Beautiful, especially that first shot. Wow.

Janie said...

I agree, the sego lily is queen. Beautiful photos of a great flower.
Interesting info about them too.
Nice snaps of the other abundant mountain blooms, too. It's a great year for flowers, isn't it?