Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Lilium kelloggii Purdy (Kellogg's Lily)


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Lilium L. lily
Species Lilium kelloggii Purdy Kellogg's lily

Photo credit: Jane McGary

Lilium kelloggii, commonly called Kellogg's Lily, is a beautiful summer bloomer. Native to the Klamath Mountains of southern Oregon and northern California where it finds hospitable areas in the forest, even as an under story among the Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens).
This perennial herb is a little taller than other native summer blooming lilies and sports up to 27 large showy and fragrant flowers. The scaly bulb is similar to other species of lilies. The bell-shaped pink blooms with their and recurved petals are pollinated by swallowtail butterflies.

Preferring dry mountainous slopes where the winters are wet and summer moisture comes from the foggy air, this plant grows quite well in gardens all along the coastal or valley regions in the general area where it is indemic.

This lily will grow from seed or divisions of the mother bulb when the little bulblets break off from the host.

Photo credit: John Loganecker

For a short comparison of northwest native lilies, click here.

The USDA PLANTS database under Wetland Indicator Status has this announcement:

NOTE: On June 1, 2012, the 2012 National Wetland Plant List superseded the information below (see Federal Register, May 9, 2012, 77(90): 27210-27214[https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-11176]). For updated wetland information about this species, see the latest wetland list.

Thanks to the following resources:

Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilium_kelloggii

Pacific Bulb Society, www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/NorthAmericanLilium

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