Perennial herb from a bulb of a few larger, fleshy scales and numerous small, rice-grain bulblets; stems 10-25 cm tall, slender to sturdy, smooth.
Usually a nearly opposite pair, sometimes several and alternate to nearly whorled, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 3-15 cm long, 2-12 mm wide, smooth.
Inflorescence of 1 or rarely 2, drooping flowers atop the stem; flowers yellow, often faintly striped with purple or brown near the base, fading to orange or brick-red, narrowly bell-shaped, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals lance-oblong to lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm long, 4-8 mm wide, with a small, green nectar gland on inner surface near the base; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, erect, cylindric to egg-shaped, 6-angled, wings lacking, 2-3 cm long; seeds numerous, flattened.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Spring
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(53), ESSF(1), ICH(1), IDF(38), MS(3), PP(47)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Lilium pudicum Pursh
Ochrocodon pudicus (Pursh) Rydb.