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.