Flowers of the Snowdon lilly

Snowdon lily

Snowdon lilies are delicate, arctic-alpine flowering plants. Also known as common alplilies, they grow in the mountain ranges of North America and Europe and are common enough on the rolling alpine tundra. In the United Kingdom, however, Snowdon lilies can only be found in one place - Snowdonia National Park - where they grow on a few inaccessible ledges and rock faces, out of reach from grazing animals. The lily's survival in Snowdon is thought to be at risk from climate change.

Scientific name: Lloydia serotina

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Common alplily,
  • Mountain spiderwort

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The Snowdon lily can be found in a number of locations including: Europe, Himalayas, North America, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Snowdon lily distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Plants
  3. Flowering plants
  4. Monocotyledons
  5. Liliales
  6. Lilies
  7. Lloydia
  8. Snowdon lily