Plant Species of San Jacinto Mountain: Lilium parryi, Lemon Lily
Lemon Lily or Parry's Lily, Lilium parryi, is one of the special treasures of the San Jacinto Mountains. It grows mainly in the mountain ranges of southern California, with the only other population a small population in southeastern Arizona.
Unfortunately, humans have not treated this species well. It used to be extremely abundant in the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Jacinto Mountains, but those populations have been extirpated in many places because people love to pick the flowers and dig up the bulbs. Lemon lilies reproduce in the wild almost entirely by seed, the seed is only viable for a few years, and the plants are short-lived. Thus whole populations can quickly be eliminated forever by the actions of humans for only a few years.
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Updated 18 August 2018.