Coming across a Mariposa Lily anywhere at any time is always a treat. This shorter Pacific northwest lily is a bit easier to grow than some of the taller ones.
It does best in moist meadows and open woodland situations in USDA zones 8-9.
It is found naturally at lower elevations of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and can also be found around Monterey, California.
The solid bright lavender to pink petals have small hairs, therefore dubbed Cat’s Ears.
The pronounced stamens are quite attractive and the tepals peeking through the petals give these lilies their characteristic look.
Cat’s Ear needs spring moisture but loves a dry sunny position in summer with good drainage, a great rock garden lily.