Photo by Jo Stanbrough Sagebrush Mariposa Tulip (Calochortus macrocarpus) Lily Family (Liliaceae)
Who says the high desert of Central Oregon is mostly brown? This time of year, a miraculous thing happens. A single long, green stalk begins to push upward very unassumingly, only to burst open with the most beautiful shades of purple and yellow. These gorgeous wild tulips only remain for a day or so before they begin to droop and fade.