The earth is squishy. The wind is mosquito-y. And there’s a flower the color of fire on the Southern Oregon coast.
It’s called the Western Lily.
“If the habitat’s right and the water is right and the sunlight’s right, they're going to thrive,” said Sherri Laier, a natural resource specialist for Oregon State Parks.
Western lilies grow in peat bogs. They need open areas without much tree cover. And they need a high water table that stays wet even during the hottest, driest summers.