Named after Martha Washington, wife of George Washington. A California!! lily from the Sierra Nevada, growing northwards from
Yosemite Valley to Mount Shasta, and even further to the Cascade Mountains.
From the white, rhizomatous-likc bulbs rises a4 feet (often up to 6 feet 6 inches) long, with light-green, oblanccolate . A deliciously fragrant lily carrying two to 20 horizontal, trumpet-shaped during June/July with slightly recurved segments of pure white with purple spots which later turn to purple- in the throat. Difficult to grow, as it can tolerate neither excessive dampness nor cold. Slow to germinate.
L. washingtonianum var. minor. Smaller than the type, and often called Shasta lily because it grows at the foot of Mount Shasta.
L. washingtonianum var. purpurascens is easier to grow than the type. Unlike it, it has a larger, nonrhizomatous bulb, more, smaller white or wine-red which soon turn purple- , is scented and found in great numbers in the Mount Hood area. Difficult to transport, as the bulbs rapidly deteriorate when exposed to the air. Should be planted 6-7 inches deep.