Lilium canadense, commonly called either the Canada Lily, Wild Yellow-Lily, or the Meadow Lily, is a native of eastern North America. Its native range extends from Ontario to Nova Scotia south to Georgia and Alabama. It is most common in New England, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Canadian Maritimes. It is also cultivated as an ornamental in Europe and other places.
Flowers emerge in June. They are nodding (hanging downward), yellow, orange or red, often with darker spots. The plant has become less common in urban and suburban areas due to heavy browsing by the white-tailed deer.
• Habitat: moist meadows, wood margins • Height: 0.5-1.5 metres • Flower size: 50-75 mm wide • Flower color: yellow, orange, or red • Flowering time: June to July • Origin: native
The flower buds and roots were once gathered and eaten by North American indigenous peoples.
- illustration from "A selection of Hexandrian plants, belonging to the natural orders Amaryllidae and Liliacae from Zeichnungen" by Mrs. Edward Bury, Liverpool; painted by R. Havell, circa 1870
- Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
- Flora of North America, Vol. 26 Page 196, Canada lily, lis du Canada Lilium canadense Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 303. 1753.
- Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
- Alpine Garden Society
- Boreal Forest, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, Lakehead University, Lilium canadense, Canada Lily
- Blanchan, Neltje (2005). Wild Flowers Worth Knowing. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas
- Illinois Wildflowers
- Go Botany, New England Wild Flower Society
- Connecticut Botanical Society
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