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 'Lilium pitkinense'

'Lilium pitkinense'

Item# LS167
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
Named for Sarah Ann Pitkin, owner of the property this lily was discovered in 1952. Once carrying “species” status, it is more than likely a hybrid population as both in the Pitkin Marsh and in the cool greenhouse, they show a great deal of variation in height, flower color and size, as well as period of bloom.

In his book 'Lilies, a Guide for Growers and Collectors', Timber Press, 1998, Edward McRae said "Seedling populations of this species grown at Oregon Bulb Farms showed enormous variation in height, flower size, color, and flowering season. The resembled a hybrid population more than a true species. This observation, coupled with the species' singular wild occurrence, suggests that Lilium pitkinsnes in fact represents a natural hybrid population".

Title photo courtesy of Gene Mirro of a stand of 'L. pitkenense' at his home. Copyright Gene Mirro, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Inset photo #1 was taken by Vernon Smith in July of 2011 in Regional Parks Botanic Garden Tilden, Berkeley, California. Copyright Vernon Smith, all rights reserved. No changes made to original photo.  This image has a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. Thank you Vernon for sharing this great photo of an extremely rare California native lily.

Insert photo #2 was taken by John Game near Sonoma County, California. CalPhoto source. Copyright John Game, all rights reserved. Used with permission. This image has a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0) license.

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