WILDFLOWERS OF
= THE VENTANA WILDERNESS =
 
LEOPARD LILY
Lilium pardalinum


Flowers nodding, bright  reddish-orange, purple-spotted on the lower part, the tips strongly rolled back, borne in summer in numbers varying from 6 to 25 in loose pyramidal clusters that top stems usually in whorls, but some are scattered. A mountain plant, most abundant in Central and Northern California in damp ground and along streams, both in the Coast Ranges and the Sierras, but extending north to British Coumbia. It is often and erroneously called Tiger Lily, a term more properly applied to the garden Lilium tigrinum, which it resembles. 
  
From The Western Flower Guide by Charles Francis Saunders, 1917
Photo by Boon Hughey ©1998, taken at the South Fork Little Sur River - July, 1998

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