Flower Description: 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 difficult in cultivation and can be a bit of a pill, but oh when you bring one into flower it will be a day that will never be forgotten.
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. Our best mix has been 2 parts leafmold with a bit of peat mixed with grit (cactus mix) and a little charcoal. L. paryii is planted shallow compared to most lilies and likes its bulb to be kept cool as in light shade. Used by Jan de Graaff at Oregon Bulb Farm, Lilium parryi was instrumental in the development of the 'San Gabriel Strain'.
These bulbs are flowering size having all produced blooms during the 2012 growing season.
Inset photo is a hybrid of Lilium parryi showing a beautiful red throat bred by the late Don Egger. This lily was lost following Don's death.
Save $4.00 on package of 6 bulbs.
More difficult to establish than our Asiatic, Trumpet or Oriental lilies, our species lilies are guaranteed to be healthy and true-to-name, but not for failure to grow. May take an additional season before blooming and conditions need to be more exacting. L. pardalinum is known to pout after being moved and may need to settle back in to their new homes before flowering. Provide perfect drainage, rocky soil is fine, and don't over water the bulbs during summer while they are in dormancy. Bulbs resent transplanting and could rot during a cold, wet winter/spring or during the summer, if you add any moisture retentive materials to the soil around the bulb itself. Under no circumstances use peat for L. pardalinum or its hybrids, but leaf mold and/or compost as a top dressing in the fall is desirable.
Classification: Lilium Species (USDA Zones 5-9, lows to -15° F.)