Gardening, California Native Plants, & The Great Outdoors
Bloom time: Calochortus catalinea (Mariposa Lily)
On April 2 I could see this. Note the aphids on the stem.
On April 4th, this
On April 5th, this (an aphid on the inside about 2:00):
And on April 10th, these:
I had previously speculated that the amount of blush on the petals had to do with their age, but having observed a few different blooms now at the same approximate age (on my hike and at teh San Pedro Annex), I think that there must be a strong genetic variation and possibly environmental contributions. Nonetheless, from what I can see in these pictures, the petals have a redder appearance when not yet fully in bloom. Perhaps the white parts grow faster than the red parts and therefore the red appears to fade. I'm sure I could look this up, but it's fun to wonder for a bit.