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Alpine Lily
Lilium parvum
About Alpine Lily (Lilium parvum) Nurseries Show All Photos Lilium parvum is a species of lily known by the common names Sierra tiger lily and alpine lily. It is native to the Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada. The plant grows in mountainous forests, sending up stems with flower clusters of lily flowers during the summer months. The flowers are small for lilies, and more bell-shaped than most others. They are yellowish-orange to dark orange-red with lighter orange or yellow centers. The petals are spotted with purple or brown markings. There is a variety that bears lighter pink flowers in the foothills of El Dorado County, California, which is known by the informal common name ditch lily. The plant also readily hybridizes with other Lilium species growing close by.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
7 ft (2.1 m)

Flower Color
Orange, Pink, Yellow, Purple, Red, Brown

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet meadows, willow thickets, streams

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
2157' - 10369'

Annual Precip. ?
13.1" - 73.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.33" - 2.58"

Coldest Month ?
23.8° F - 52.0° F

Hottest Month ?
46.5° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
0.90 vpd - 20.17 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers moist, fertile soil with good drainage


Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Sow outdoors in summer for germination the following spring, or 3-6 mos. warm then 2-3 mos. cold stratification. Seeds may also give good germination by spring if sown outdoors in early fall. For forcing slightly green or fresh seeds: 6-8 wks. warm (70°F) stratification or until the majority of seeds have formed bulblets; then 4-6 wks. cold (about 35°FJ stratification; sow, and at 55 to 60°F leaves should be produced in 4-6 wks. (De Graaff 1951).

Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sierra Tiger Lily

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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