Aliases: Sierra Tiger Lily, Small Tiger Lily, Small Leopard lily
Habitat: Stream banks and meadows, from roughly 4,000 - 9,000 feet elevation. It's often seen in the meadows along Glacier Point Road, and I've also seen it in the west end of Yosemite Valley and in large numbers along the southern side of Wawona Meadow. It seems to be more likely to appear along the edges of meadows than in the fracas in the center, preferring to hold itself aloof from the common fray - this flower, let's face it, is hot and knows it. Alpine Lilies are the Laker Girls of the High Sierra.
Blooms: June - August
Lifespan: Perennial (bulb)
Size: Plants from 1.5 - 6 feet tall, flowers 2 -3 inches across
Lilium parvum etymology: Lilium comes from the Greek word for Lily, and parvum is a Latin term meaning "small".