This is a Mariposa Lily. There are between 40 and 70 species and this one is a protected native AZ plant. The flowers are 2 inches in diameter and the plant 1-2 feet tall. The bulbs were eaten by Native Americans and Mormon settlers. I’m so happy I stopped to take this picture even though the people I was on the hike with passed them by without so much as a glance. To me, this beauty should not be missed. I feel sorry for those people who go through life so quickly. They need to slow down and notice the wildflowers.
Slow down and notice the wildflowers July 10, 2011