Dry summer lilies

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:30:38 PDT
Jim asked

> I am looking for dry summer lilies to use in my oak woodland landscaping; Sunset zone 14 Modesto; CA; Lilium bolanderi, L. humboldtii, L. parvum, L. rubescens, and or L. washingtonianum. Does anyone know where I can get them?

Modesto, which is in the heart of California's Central Valley and has 
adobe clay soils, might be too hot for some of these lilies, especially 
L. washingtonianum, which is a subalpine to alpine species. Lilium 
parvum is reputed to be the most widely adapted of the species 
mentioned. Lilium bolanderi requires very good drainage and is also 
found at higher elevations. I haven't grown L. humboldtii, but have 
grown L. rubescens, which resembles a smaller version of 
washingtonianum; it is native to the Coast Range of northern California, 
where I've seen it growing on hillsides.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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