Wild Lily: L. columbianuni Hanson 1874

First found on the banks of the River Columbia, from which it derives its name, in the state of Washington. It has the widest distribution of any lily on the west coast, and occurs from northern California through

Oregon and Washington, all the way to British Columbia. Usually found at heights up to 6,000 feet, mostly in damp meadows or light woodland and under the most varied climatic conditions.

Small, white bulbs about I inches wide, slender stem 2-5 feet high, broad lanceolate leaves growing in whorls from the lower part. Six to 10 small, nodding, strongly recurved funnel-shaped flowers of bright-yellow to red-orange, with numerous, small, purple speckles in the centre of the bloom. Flowers during June/July/August.

L. columbianutn var. ingramii is a strong plant, probably one of nature’s hybrids, and belongs to the American land-type lilies which prefer well-drained, sandy loams. Wild hybrids with L. occidentale have also been reported, and so have successful crosses withL. canadense andL. kelloggii.

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