Leopard lily, Tiger lily, Panther lily
USDA Symbol: LIPA
USDA Native Status:
This is an extremely variable, colony-forming lily, spreading by creeping, rhizomatous bulbs. Considered charming and graceful, the stout stems are 3-6 ft. high with whorls of pale- to deep-green, narrow leaves. Each stem bears one to several nodding, yellow, orange or red, maroon-spotted flowers at its apex.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges & Sierra Nevadas to s. OR
Native Habitat: Conifer stream banks & springy places; up to 6000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Deep, loose, moist, but well-drained, soils.
Conditions Comments: This lily is considered the easiest of the native Pacific Coast lilies to grow and maintain. It is disease resistant and widely available.
BenefitUse Food: Bulbs consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Increase using bulb scales or offsets or seed. Sow outdoors in summer for germination the following spring. Seedlings take 4-5 years to flower; bulb divisions take 2 years. In early spring, divide the 1/2 in. scales and entire bulblets from mature bulb
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lilium pardalinum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lilium pardalinum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-10-04
Research By: TWC Staff