Humboldt lilies are one of the most spectacular wildflowers that grow in the Santa Monica Mountains. Early summer is the time to look for this increasingly rare wild lily. It usually only thrives in deep canyons along the sides of creeks and streams, but we know a certain Topanga garden where they grow right by the side of Topanga Canyon Blvd. Photo and video compilation by Suzanne Guldimann

Humboldt lilies. Photo by Suzanne Guldimann