Columbia lily is native to the Pacific Northwest of North America. Fittingly, this plant is located in UBC’s BC Rainforest Garden (was BC Native Garden in 2005), alongside the main path. If you are able to step in to the garden sometime in the next couple of weeks, be sure to stop by this plant and drink in the fragrance (the lilies are also starting up in the Asian Garden).
Dr. Richard Hebda, Curator of Botany at the Royal BC Museum, in a previously-posted page (now removed from the web) about Lilium columbianum wrote that the bulb of the plant apparently has a peppery taste, and was used by First Nations for flavouring, much like the modern use of garlic.
Photo note: I didn’t use the “flower photographer’s trick” of spraying with a mist bottle to produce water droplets; they were already there from afternoon showers.