Lilium washingtonianum

Washington lily

Habit: this herbaceous perennial grows from bulbs that have many fleshy scales.  The tall sturdy, upright stems are unbranched with narrow, oval, dark green leaves in whorls of 1-9 nearly clasping the stem.  The 1-20 large, fragrant flowers are terminal (forming at the end of the stem) and form a slightly nodding elongated tubular flower. Tepals are white with tiny purple spots, turning pinkish and yellow with age.  Blooms between July and August.

Ecology: found from Mt. Hood in Northern Oregon south into Central California in the Sierra Nevada from 1300-7200 ft. (400-2200 m). Lilium washingtonianum grows on dry slopes, open forests, and montane chaparral.

Growing Conditions: full to partial sun, well drained semi dry soil.

Named after Martha Washington, this lily is not actually found in the state of Washington.


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Type: Herbaceous Perennial (bulb)
Height: 2-8 ft (0.6- 2 m)
Width: 1-2 ft (0.3-0.6 m)
USDA Zones: 6a-9b
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.