Stacked tall like a staircase.
Spotted like a wildcat,
And curled up with a downward face.
Thriving in the damp chaparral.
Small in size yet ferociously marked,
Intensely orange and native to SoCal.
Pardalinum is a subspecies of the leopard lily. All five subspecies are native from Oregon to Southern California. The subspecies include: pardalinum, pitkinense (rare), shastense, vollmeri, and wigginsii.
In other words: Leopard lily, Pitkin Marsh lily (endangered), Shasta lily, Vollmer’s lily, and Wiggins’ lily. All are in the family: liliaceae.
I can’t wait to see this flower in person. It is one of my favorites to draw. There are thousands of photographic depictions of these flowers wherever you go to find them and illustrated leopard lilies are often beautiful. But nothing beats falling in love with a photo and then seeing the real thing right in front of your eyes. How cheesy would it be to say that it might be like seeing a celebrity in real life? I don’t think that would be too far off. When that day comes, I’m going to take a thousand of my own photos and share them with you. Not to compete with the other thousands, but to prove that I was actually close enough to experience one with my other four senses. Maybe I’ll even take a selfie with it and get an autograph.