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Lilium humboldtii (Humboldt lily)
Hardie-Scott, Linda

Lilium humboldtii

Lilium humboldtii Roezl & Leichtlin ex Duch.

Humboldt Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This stout lily reaches enormous size - up to 8 ft. - with dozens of flowers carried above the bright-green to purplish, whorled leaves. Nodding flowers have the typical tiger lily pattern: reflexed, yellow-orange petals dotted liberally with brown or red spots.

Varieties ocellatum and bloomerianum occur in moister canyons or flats in southern California.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Sierran foothills
Native Habitat: Dry, open or wooded slopes below 4500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Heavy soils; dry in summer.
Conditions Comments: Var. ocellatum and var. bloomerianum occur in moister canyons or flats in s. CA.


Description: Increase using bulb scales or offsets or seed. Sow outdoors in summer or fall for germination the following spring. Seedlings take several years to flower.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lilium humboldtii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lilium humboldtii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lilium humboldtii


Record Modified: 2012-09-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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