All of these Lilium grew in soil composed of heavy metals due to volcanic origins in the area.
|Lilium pardalinum ssp. shastense|
They also explored Castle Crags which soars above the upper Sacramento River Valley. From the lofty ramparts, a hiker can look down on forested slopes and up at magniﬁcent snow-covered Mt. Shasta. For the last million years, the Crags have been subjected to the forces of wind, rain, ice and even some small glaciers, which have shaped the granite into its distinctive shapes.
One of their last explorations was at Beaverdam Creek, in Oregon where they observed numerous described Lilium in the flood plain that were naturalized into inter-specific hybrids. Joe referred to these lilies as a ’Swarm’, which is a mix of many species which lead to naturally inter-specific lilies in remote areas.
Mr. Nemmer gave a wonderful presentation. We were on the edge of our seats waiting to see the next observed Lilium on their West Coast Lily Chase.
-- Lynn Slackman & Pam Hardy