Red, Orange

MARIPOSA LILY, DESERT - Found in the Mojave and upper Sonoran deserts, with a season from March to June, this plant produces between one and six unbranched stems topped by large, attractive, bell-shaped flowers that have three large, slightly overlapping petals and three smaller sepals underneath.  Generally, the petals are bright orange, sometimes vermilion or occasionally yellow, and have a darker patch at the base, partly hidden beneath a band of thick orange hairs. Flower heads are between 1 and 2 inches across.   Stems may be somewhat twisted.  The fruit is a thin capsule, around 2 inches long, with vertical stripes of white and brown.