Wild Lily: L. washiiigtoiiiaiiuin Kellogg 1859

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 a stem 4 feet (often up to 6 feet 6 inches) long, with light-green, oblanccolate leaves. A deliciously fragrant lily carrying two to 20 horizontal, trumpet-shaped flowers during June/July with slightly recurved segments of pure white with purple spots which later turn to purple-lilac 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 leaves, smaller white or wine-red flowers which soon turn purple-lilac, 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.

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