Pussy Ears, Calochortus tolmiei, is sometimes called Star Lily or Star Tulip. It is a beautiful little bloom with a moniker that honors a man important to the early exploration and settlement of the Northwestern Territories of Canada and the United States. William Fraser Tolmie, a Scot by birth, was an employee of the Hudson Bay Company operating out of Fort Vancouver, Washington, in the heyday of the fur trade during the nineteenth century. He worked as a surgeon and trader with John McLoughlin and Peter Skene Ogden. Tolmie had a great interest in botany and a total of eight plants that he first collected have been given names honoring him - Pussy Ears is one.

Pussy Ears

Pussy Ears

Our Pussy Ears can be found all along the bluff top trail here in The Sea Ranch and are in bloom from March through May. You are going to have to get down on your hands and knees to fully appreciate this delicate little plant, but it's unique beauty is well worth the effort.

Admire, but please don't pick.