The distinctive, fragrant blooms of the Sand Lily (Leucocrinum montanum), aka starlily, mountain lily, or Star of Bethlehem, are among the first to make a spring appearance in the foothill zone along Colorado’s Front Range.

Sand Lily, South Valley Park

Sand Lily, South Valley Park

The Sand Lily looks like it has six snow-white petals, but in reality, it has 3 petals that alternate with three sepals. When the petals and sepals of a plant’s inflorescence are indistinguishable from each other, they are collectively referred to as “tepals.”

Sand Lily, South Valley Park

Sand Lily, South Valley Park

Native American tribes used parts of the Sand Lily as both a food source and a treatment for sores.

Sand Lily, Gateway Mesa Open Space

Sand Lily, Gateway Mesa Open Space

Sand Lily, Gateway Mesa Open Space

Sand Lily, Gateway Mesa Open Space

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