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 'Lilium pardalinum'<BR> (The California Panther Lily)

'Lilium pardalinum'
(The California Panther Lily)

Item# LS105
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
The 'California Panther Lily', is among the easiest to grow of the Western U.S. natives. The "wild scented" Turk's Cap flowers are orange-red in color and often have red tips. The nectary furrows are green on these black spotted flowers. Considered a small flowered version of Lilium harrisianum, it requires a damp, lime free soil with full sun. Lilium pardalinum played an important role in the development of the 'Bellingham Hybrids' by Dr. David Griffiths at the old USDA research station in Bellingham, Washington. The Bellis Fair Shopping Center currently occupies the site of the old research station. Title photo copyright B & D Lilies. All rights reserved.

Photo insert #1 was taken by Hannah Kang who has several photos shown on this site. Taken in Marion County, California in natural habitat. Source CalPhotos. Copyright Hannah Kang, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo insert #2 was taken by George Hartwell in the Mendocino National Forest. Copyright Nancy Perkins, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo insert #3 shows how well L. pardalinum grows even near stream beds where seasonal flooding covers the bulbs. Upon enlarging the photo, you can find the common Western Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) feeding among the flowers. Photo taken by Neil Kramer in Santa Cruz County, California. Copyright Neal Kramer, all rights reserved. Used with permission. Thank you Neil.

Photo inset #4 was taken in the late 60's and is of the Griffith Bellingham Hybrid 'Shuksan'. We found 'Shuksan' to be a real animal in the garden, far more easily cultivated than either L. pardalinum or L. humboldtii, the parents. 'Shuksan' was introduced in 1924.

This page is for reference only, not as an offer to sell species bulbs or seeds.
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