posted 05/05/12 - The only time I have ever found this lily before was during our wedding tree hike in 2009. I'm posting these photos, because they're a vast improvement from my original entry. The checker lily is generally not considered a rare plant, but it's rare to me. Based on this sighting, I told the president of our local CNPS chapter that I predicted this year was going to be a great flower year for our annual wildflower show. He was more concerned with how dry some areas of the county were. Turns out we had an unofficial species count of 715 blooming flowers, the second highest count in the 50+ years our wildflower show has been held. And, if my memory is correct, I believe 2009 was the highest count on record with over 735 spp. To put this into perspective, we usually have maybe 625-675 spp. in the show, and many other regional wildflower shows may have 100-400 spp. at the most.