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Lilium rubescens
About Lily (Lilium rubescens) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lilium rubescens is an uncommon species of lily known by the common names lily and chaparral lily. It is endemic to California, where it is known from the Coast Ranges from Del Norte to Santa Cruz Counties. As its names suggest, it is a member of the flora in forest understory and chaparral habitat types. This is a perennial herb growing a waxy, erect stem up to two meters in height. It originates from a scaly, oval-shaped bulb up to about 9 centimeters long. The oval leaves are located in several whorls about the stem, each up to 13 centimeters in length with wavy edges. The flower cluster bears up to 40 erect lily flowers. The fragrant flower is trumpet-shaped with 6 petals up to 7 centimeters long and somewhat recurved or curled back. The petals are white to pale purple or pinkish on the inside, darker on the outside, and freckled with reddish spotting. There are 6 stamens with yellowish anthers and a pistil which may be 4 centimeters in length. The flowers are probably pollinated by bees and the pale swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon). This plant is threatened by a number of factors, including development, logging, non-native species, road maintenance, and horticultural collecting of the bulbs and flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.5 - 7 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Very Low


Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

For propagating by seed: Sow outdoors in summer for germination the following spring, or 3-6 mos. warm then 2-3 mos. cold stratification. 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).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 14, 15, 16, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry open places

Annual Precipitation: 20.3" - 153.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.38" - 5.58", Coldest Month: 35.2" - 53.8", Hottest Month: 53.7" - 77.9", Humidity: 0.09" - 23.44", Elevation: 40" - 6481"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Chaparral Lily, Redwood 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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