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Ajo Lilies

By Kirsten Kraklio

The large, cream-colored, funnel-shaped flowers that can be seen along desert highways in the spring are named for the plants’ flavor. Ajo lilies, also known as desert lilies, were used by Native Americans as a food source, and they were so named because of the bulbs’ garlicky taste (garlic is ajo in Spanish). The bulbs grow as far as 2 feet below ground, which helps protect them from both hungry animals and summer rains — moisture could otherwise cause the bulbs to rot. Above ground, the lilies bloom from March through May on spikes that are usually less than a foot tall; however, the spikes will occasionally exceed 6 feet. Each flower has a silver-green band on the back and clusters of long, blue-green leaves with wavy edges. Ajo lilies are most commonly found in loose, sandy soils. Their range extends from the eastern Mohave Desert south through Arizona and into Northern Mexico.

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