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Oregon Lily, Columbia Lily

Lilium columbianum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: columbianum (kol-um-bee-AH-num) (Info)
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Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

Smaller than than 3" (75 mm)

Color Pattern:





Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thomasboro, Illinois

Bandon, Oregon

Salem, Oregon (2 reports)

Port Orchard, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 6, 2010, hillfarm from Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a beautiful native lily very common through Central BC, Canada. Grows in Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine forests. Hardy to at least Zone 2. Attractive, sweet "peppery" scent.


On Jan 4, 2010, papoo from Bandon, OR wrote:

I gathered seed in late August from several locations and planted the seed within a few days. I created a shallow trench using the edge of a hoe and broadcast the seed into the trench and covered with approximately 1/2 inch of soil. The following June, I had hundreds of small plants that looked like 1/2 inch blades of grass on a short stock. I estimated the germination success rate at 20-30 percent. To protect the small plants from rabbits and snails, I placed small fir branches (without needles) over the plants.

I will post additional information on these plants in June or July of 2010. I am very interested in how large the plants will be there second year and how long it will take for these plants to bloom.