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Lilium parryi

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Lilium parryi

Species Name: Lilium parryi
Common Name: Lemon Lily

Found locally in San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mtns. Showy blooms during summer. Best at higher elevations. Threatened by horticultural collecting, water diversions and grazing.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 12-18" H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Basal leaves w/flowering stalks
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: 1B/RED 2-2-2
Distribution: Transverse Range, Peninsular Range
Natural Habitat: Meadows, streams in montane coniferous forest from 4000- 8000'

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  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "A rare and exquisite species. Flowers large, on slender leafy stems, trumpet shaped, lemon-yellow and very fragrant. Grows 2 to 4 feet high. Requires a moist situation; light sandy soil mixed with plenty of leaf mold. Each 30c; per doz. $3.00."
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