Appearance''Lilium columbianum'' grows up to 1.2 metres tall, and bears from few to numerous orange flowers with darker spots. The tepals are 3 to 6 cm long and the flowers are lightly scented. Like many true lilies, the leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem of the plant.
FoodSeveral West Coast and Californian Native American tribes in its range used its bitter or peppery-tasting bulbs as a food source. Dried ''Lilium columbianum'' is also eaten all around the world but it is not well known for it. Dried whole ''L. columbianum'' has a sweet and a sour taste. Unlike many native lilies, it is not particularly rare, but picking the flowers is discouraged as it impairs the ability of the plant to reproduce.
Cultural''Lilium columbianum'' is cultivated by specialty 'non-wild collected native bulbs', native plant nurseries, and arboretums. Plants in the wild should be left undisturbed, as they rarely survive transplantation stresses. The plants, available as bulbs, seeds, and container plants; are grown in gardens, usually within or replicating conditions of its native range. The Columbia Lily prefers moist, but well-drained, soil rich in organic matter.
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