Leopard Lily, Panther Lily, Swamp Lily

Lilium pardalinum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: pardalinum (par-da-LEE-num) (Info)
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9 - Species

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)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:



Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:



Bloom Size:

3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

Color Pattern:




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

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

By dividing the bulb's scales

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

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From bulbils

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Chico, California

Davis, California

Merced, California

Paradise, California

Denver, Colorado

Divernon, Illinois

Demotte, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Omaha, Nebraska

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Gloversville, New York

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Eatonville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Leopard Lilies grow wild in Northern CA. They can be found in bloom in the shadier areas around the foothills in mid summer. They are plentiful in parts of a nearby wilderness park that are not often frequented by humans, and can be found in sandy loam soil in part-sun to full-shade areas. I've always seen them near the creek, but not necesarily in moist soil. I think they prefer the higher humidity found near the creek, as Northern CA is very hot and dry in the summer months when they are in bloom, but the soil I have found them growing in is not particularly moist. I have not tried to transplant them from the wild, but I do know a nearby native plants nursery often has them for sale. The flowers are amazing and a photograph cannot do them justice :).


On Sep 1, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago, NZ

I believe this lily is highly endangered in it's native Californian habitat.
I planted some out last year- after handling all those oriental bulbs, it's weird to see the stoloniferous ones produced by these turks cap types! They get half day shade in an underplanting situation and seem to be happy enough, though some say this is a temperamental beast. They flower from a very small size which is great!
Just fabulous once they're established and monstrous, with huge candelabras of bicoloured, spotted blooms, and freely offsetting too.
If you can get hold of it, give it a try. Lily societies often have them for sale.
*Update- There are apparently many varieties of this species and Ive been trying to work out which one I h... read more


On Sep 18, 2004, drought from Eston Sask
Canada wrote:

I saw this plant in Alberta gardener- they say it grows in zone 3 but I am unable to find it here --will keep looking and let you know. They call it a giant for your garden! from drought