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 'Lilium bolanderi'

'Lilium bolanderi'

Item# LS11
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
This rare and dainty beauty is native to the upper regions of the Siskiyou mountain range of Oregon and California. Receiving as much as 100 inches of rainfall per year, the rocky rubble and red clay soil where it is found growing allows water to pass through quickly. Enjoying a more open area, we found it most commonly growing amongst 'Hairy Manzanita' on north facing slopes, protected from the late scorching summer sun. Producing up to six, but sometimes nine, brick-red spotted funnel-shaped flowers, Lilium bolanderi rarely exceeds 18 inches in height. As with most Western dry land species, Lilium bolanderi can be quite challenging in cultivation.

We found the largest colonies of L. bolanderi within the boundaries of the Hoopa Indian Reservation in Northern California. Within about a 3 square mile area, five Northern California species overlap. Within these colonies can be found exquisite natural color variations of these species from unspotted pastel yellow to rich rosy pink. Title photo is of plant in natural habitat, copyright B & D Lilies.

The first inset photo is of Doug Gibson working his way through the 'Hairy Manzanita' climbing towards his spotted goal of a lone stem of L. bolanderi to capture it on film while keeping in mind the nest of hornets he discovered the previous day.

Photo inset #2, was taken by Jason Matthias Mills in the Six Rivers area of Del Norte County, CA. Copyright 2018 Jason Matthias Mills. This thumbnail image from has a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0) license. Thank you Jason for submitting this photo for public use.

Photo inset #3, shows the habitat in which 'L. bolanderi' was found by us on the Hoopa Indian Reservation, dry and gravel soils.

Photo inset #4, is of a natural hybrid of 'L. bolanderi' and 'L. rubescens' as colonies of these two species naturally overlap in some areas. This lily carried the red coloration of L. bolanderi and the upfacing trait of 'L. rubescens'.

Photo insert #5 is thumbnail image from CalPhotos. Taken by Shawn DeCew in Southern Oregon. Copyright Shawn DeCew, all rights reserved. Thumbnail used under the Fair Use Provisions of the Copyright Law of the United States.

Insert #6 was taken by John Game on July 2, 2000 near Patrick Creek in Del Norte county, Ca. of this yellow form of L. bolanderi. Copyright John Game. This image has a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0) license. Thank you John for submitting this photo for public use.

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