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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Lilium pardalinum Kellogg
Leopard lily, Tiger lily, Panther lily
USDA Symbol: LIPA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This is an extremely variable, colony-forming lily, spreading by creeping, rhizomatous bulbs. Considered charming and graceful, 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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
CA , OR Native Distribution:
CA Coast Ranges & Sierra Nevadas to s. OR Native Habitat:
Conifer stream banks & springy places; up to 6000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Deep, loose, moist, but well-drained, soils. Conditions Comments:
This lily is considered the easiest of the native
Pacific Coast lilies to grow and maintain. It is disease resistant and widely available.
BenefitUse Food: Bulbs consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Increase using bulb
scales or offsets or seed. Sow outdoors in summer for germination the following spring. Seedlings take 4-5 years to flower; bulb
divisions take 2 years. In early spring, divide the 1/2 in. scales and entire
bulblets from mature bulb Seed Collection:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-10-04
Research By: TWC Staff