Photo credit: Barry Francis
This plant has three names: the official scientific name,
Lilium washingtonianum subsp. purpurascens (Stearn) M. W. Skinner, Novon. 12:
Cascade lily; a synonym, Lilium washingtonianum var. purpurascens Stearn, Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 124: 13. 1948; L. purpureum Purdy; second synonym, L. washingtonianum var. purpureum (Purdy) Purdy 1919, not W. Bull ex Baker 1874
The bulbs vary quite a bit in form. Leaves follow the
species form of whorls around the stem. Flowers appear from mid June to the
middle of August, beginning mostly or entirely white, aging as so many white
flowers do to dark pink or lavendar. Some have a short yellow stripe. The
anthers are cream, often with tiny magenta dots. The pollen is pale yellow,
sometimes a bit darker.
Look for this lily in forest openings, roadsides, chaparral or burned clearcuts in Oregon and down into California.
This subspecies is distinguished from subspecies washingtonianum by more compact bulbs with longer scales.
Photo credit: Henry John Elwes
|For a short comparison of northwest native lilies, click here.|