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Lilium pardalinum (Leopard Lily)

Leopard Lily, Panther Lily, California Tiger Lily, Species & Cultivars of Species Group

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Lilium pardalinum, Leopard Lily, Panther Lily, California Tiger Lily, Orange Lilies, California Native Lilies, California Native Flowers, Species Lilies, Wild Lilies

Amazingly decorative, award-winning Lilium pardalinum (Leopard Lily) is a robust bulbous perennial forming a clump of stout, upright stems bearing whorls of long, narrowly elliptic leaves. From late spring to midsummer, nodding, orange-red Turk’s cap flowers, 3 in. across (9 cm), shading to yellow near the center can be admired. They are covered with brown spots, giving the appearance of the skin of a leopard or panther, hence its common name. One stem can carry up to 10 blossoms. Native to the Pacific Coast (southern Oregon to southern California), Leopard Lily is a woodland species, often found growing near streams. It spreads by creeping, rhizomatous bulbs to form charming and graceful colonies. It is a welcome presence in the garden, and you will find yourself admiring these breathtaking blooms again and again.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 6-8 feet tall (180-240 cm) and 6 in. wide (15 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in moist but well-drained soils, enriched with leaf mold or well-rotted organic matter.
  • Leopard Lily is well suited to beds and borders or cottage gardens. Excellent fresh-cut flowers.
  • Keep an eye out for lily beetle, aphids, slugs, vine weevil, and gray mold.
  • Propagate by seed, sown, when ripe, in containers in a cold frame or separate offsets after the foliage dies down.
  • Toxic to cats (though not for dogs or any known species)
  • Leopard Lily is a member of the Species and cultivars of species Division (IX) which includes all species and their subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars selected therefrom (excluding those derived from formosanum, longiflorum, philippinense, and wallichianum). There are 9 different types of lilies classified by the Royal Horticultural Society. And they are all real eye-catchers!
  • Native to Oregon, California, and Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Liliaceae
Genus Lilium
Common names Lily, Leopard Lily
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants California, United States, Oregon, Pacific Northwest
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Lilium ‘Chameleon’ (Martagon Lily)
Lilium ‘Flavia’ (Orienpet Lily)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Liliaceae
Genus Lilium
Common names Lily, Leopard Lily
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants California, United States, Oregon, Pacific Northwest
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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