(lil' ee-um ca-na-dense')
Common name: Meadow Lily, Canada Lily, Wild Yellow Lily
Family: Liliaceae, Lily
Height x width: 2-5' x 1'
Growth rate: moderate
Foliage: lanceolate to 6" long in whorls of 4-10, veins beneath with prickles
Flowers: one to several (16-20 at most) nodding trumpet-shaped lily flowers, each long stalked, from yellow to red-orange with dark spots, near top of stem, early to mid summer
Hardiness: zones 3-9
Pests and Problems: none serious
Landscape habit, uses: natural gardens, borders growing up amongst other perennials
Other interest: native to eastern North America; species from fact it is often found growing in southern Canada; Native Americans ate flower buds and roots
Other culture: easy, sturdy and generally doesn't require staking
Propagation: division of bulbils off mother bulb or scales, seeds
Michigan Lily, L. michiganense, is similar only with sepals and petals recurving backwards until they touch the flower tube.
Another American native which has become popular in the U.K., with several cultivars available there but seldom found in the U.S.
©Authored by Dr. Leonard Perry, Professor, University of Vermont as part ofPSS123 course, fall 1997.
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