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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Coast Lilies have begun to bloom - a splash of loveliness on the Mendonoma Coast

The rare and endangered Coast Lily, Lilium maritimum, has begun blooming on the Coast. It is native to California and in fact is found no where else in the world. It is found only on the North Coast and especially in Mendocino County.

These lilies grow on long, slender stalks and their bloom is quite short. They need moisture, growing in boggy conditions. These are blooming now on a neighboring property in Anchor Bay, next to a spring box. They are growing among huckleberry bushes.

I collected seeds from these plants last year and scattered them alongside Quinliven Creek, which crosses our land. I see at least one plant came up this year - no flower but I'm thrilled to successfully encourage one to grow down by the creek. Perhaps more will join it next year.


Frank Drouillard said...

In both number of plants and size of flowers, this is an awesome year for Coast Lilies. We've seen more on our property than ever before. An the ditch along the east side of Hwy. 1 at the south end of Salt Point Park is loaded with them!

Jeanne Jackson said...

Yes, it's a good year for native plants, especially wild rhododendrons. Glad the coast lilies are thriving too.