Tag Archives: Liliaceae

Calochortus splendens | Splendid mariposa lily | Edible Uses

View photos of the edible plant, Calochortus splendens (Splendid mariposa lily), profiled in Wild Edible Plants of California (as Calochortus spp.).

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

From the flowers and stems to the root bulbs, the whole plant is edible. The flowers and stems/leaves are eaten without killing the plant. They are pleasant and have a mild nutty flavor.

Calochortus flexuosus | Winding mariposa lily | Edible Uses

View photos of the edible plant, Calochortus flexuosus (Winding mariposa lily), profiled in the Wild Edible Series: Nevada, California, and Utah.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

The root bulbs require more effort to procure. They are often 1/2’ or more beneath the ground’s surface, so digging with a shovel will be necessary.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of Utah:

From flower and stem to root bulb, all parts of Mariposa lily are edible. The buds, flowers, young seed pods, stems, and leaves are eaten without killing the plant.