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Lilium parvum (Sierra tiger lily)
Miller, Holmes O.

Lilium parvum

Lilium parvum Kellogg

Sierra Tiger Lily, Sierran Tiger Lily, Fairy Lily, Alpine Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: LIPA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Creeping by rhizomatous bulbs, this 2-6 ft. lily bears narrow, light-green, scattered leaves and yellow-orange, maroon-spotted flowers. The flowers are smaller than other lilies, are held horizontally, and have a flaring bell shade.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: CA Sierra Nevadas
Native Habitat: Boggy swamp or stream edges; often among alders & willows; from 6500-9000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.


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.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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