Many of the Calochortus lilies are rare and protected due to their declining numbers, therefore some degree of research goes in to pin-pointing their location. Calochortus persistens is one of those lilies. I find that government studies are usually the most helpful. I found four peaks as potential spots, but Google Earth imagery only showed two with forest service roads nearby. So off to Yreka, CA we went and then headed west into the Siskiyous. It was 90+ degrees up at 6000′ and after I came up empty at my two locations, I was ready to give up. We got back in the truck and drove off when I told my boyfriend to stop after quarter of a mile. I found an open, rocky spot that looked promising. And then there she was – an expired persistens! And then the late bloomers started to catch my eye.