Plants which grow in California's Great Central Valley have to survive from one rainy season to the next. On the other hand, plants of the Sierra Nevada are watered by the trickling snow melt. Thus streamside plants are guaranteed a constant water supply during the warm dry months of summer and early fall. The flowers of Alpine Lily are much smaller than those of Leopard Lily. Each plant may grow to a height of six feet and produce as many as 40 flowers.
DISTRIBUTION: Wet meadows, willow thickets, and streams in coniferous forests in the northern and central High Sierra Nevada; 1400-2900 m.