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Leopard Lily or California Tiger Lily

Leopard Lily or California Tiger Lily (Lilium pardalinum)  A rare treat in one location of Nisene Marks only.  The top west corner of the Old Growth Loop trail, where a small trail goes up to Viewpoint neighborhood, as the trails intersect.  The stalks and flower buds are showing, and as of late June blooming

A deciduous bulb that is native to California and Southern Oregon. Its habitat tends to be stream banks, forming large colonies along the California Coastal range, and Sierra Nevada, up to 6,000 ft. It can be found in bog, woodlands, and sunny edges.
Growth habits: Spread by creeping rhizomatous bulbs. The stout stems are 3-6 ft. high with whorls of pale- to deep-green, narrow leaves. Each stem bears one to several nodding, yellow, orange or red, maroon-spotted flowers at its apex.

Flowers: The flowers are hermaphrodite, contain both male and female organs, and are pollinated by bees and butterflies. Crimson red with orange nodding flowers 2 to 4 inches wide with reflexed tepals bloom on short stalks above whorled lanceolate (lance shaped) leaves for about four weeks in July.

Leaves: scattered or in 1-8 whorls, 4-27 cm, generally ± elliptic; margin generally not wavy.

Blooming period:  June – July, seeds ripen August to September

California Tiger Lily

California Tiger Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpted from : http://www.parksconservancy.org/conservation/plants-animals/native-plant-information/california-tiger-lilly.html