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'L. parryi' (Species or Wild Lily)
Considered by many to be the most beautiful of the American species, Lilium parryi calls the mountains of Southern California and Arizona home. The California 'Lemon Lily' is quite difficult in cultivation. The flowers are yellow in color and lightly spotted in brown. Well drained soil and protection from winter rains is a must to be successful, but in nature, there was a colony about 90 miles from Los Angeles growing in a meadow with numerous springs continually spilling water over the base of the plants with no apparant harm. Used by Jan de Graaff at Oregon Bulb Farm, Lilium parryi was instrumental in the development of the 'San Gabriel Strain'.
Inset photo #1 is a hybrid of Lilium parryi showing red throat bred by the late Don Egger.
Photo insert #2 is of L. paryii as flowered and photographed by species knowledge base site contributor Gene Mirro.
Photo insert #3 is the hybrid 'Peter Puget' (L. parryi x L. pardalinum) bred by Dr. David Griffiths at the former USDA breeding and experimentation facility that was near Bellingham Washington. 'Peter Puget' was released in 1933. Photographed by Edgar Kline, photo from the collection of Bill and Mary Hoffman.
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base