John's Nature Pictures

Lady Washington Lily

What we commonly call the Washington Lily is a very large Lily. The plants can easily be taller than six feet high. The flowers are very large, and a plant can sport over half-a-dozen blooms at once. Mostly the flowers are cream-white when fresh (fading pinkish) with a yellow throat, and sometimes a flower can have a sprinkle of small purple spots. But this one is bizarre, in that it is the only one I ever saw that was covered in those purple spots. It can be found deep in the forests in northern California in summer. Although there are places where it is called Shasta Lily, Kellog named it the Lady Washington Lily: Lilium washingtonianum ssp. washingtonianum (Lily family)

Picture #461 -  copyright © 1988 by John Sherman


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