Lily Bulb Description
Flower Description: This west coast species is one of the easiest to grow of the native California lilies. These turk's cap lilies are much larger than the european L. martagon in size, shiny red-orange in color with an interesting mottled speckling of brown, usually outlined in yellow. The "wild scented" Turk's Cap flowers are orange-red in color and often have red tips. The nectary furrows are green on these black spotted flowers. Considered a small flowered version of Lilium harrisianum, it requires a damp, lime free soil with full sun. As with all Lilium species (non-hybrid), they are guaranteed to be true-to-name, not for failure to bloom the first year of planting or loss over winter. This lily requires well drained soil, even moisture before bloom, and dry soil after bloom into winter. As with all of our species lilies, these bulbs are all from nursery propagated bulbs grown from nursery produced seed. Bulb size is 14/16 or larger and all produced flowers this past growing season. Usually averages about 3 feet in our garden, some specimen plants routinely reach 5 feet. July Flowering.
More difficult to establish than our Asiatic, Trumpet or Oriental lilies, our species lilies are guaranteed to be healthy and true-to-name, but not for failure to grow. May take an additional season before blooming and conditions need to be more exacting. L. pardalinum is known to pout after being moved and may need to settle back in to their new homes before flowering. Provide perfect drainage, rocky soil is fine, and don't over water the bulbs during summer while they are in dormancy. Bulbs resent transplanting and could rot during a cold, wet winter/spring or during the summer, if you add any moisture retentive materials to the soil around the bulb itself. Under no circumstances use peat for L. pardalinum or its hybrids, but leaf mold and/or compost as a top dressing in the fall is desirable.
Classification: Lilium Species (USDA Zones 5-9, lows to -15 deg F.)
Stock #8100 - Lily Species (Wild Lily)