Lilium canadense

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Lilium canadense
Lilium canadense (lit).jpg
Canada Lily[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Lilium
Species: L. canadense
Binomial name
Lilium canadense
  • Lilium pulchrum Salisb.
  • Lilium penduliflorum Redouté
  • Lilium pendulum Spae
  • Lilium peramoenum Farw.
Canada Lily in Maine
Red Canada Lily

Lilium canadense, commonly called either the Canada Lily, Wild Yellow-Lily, or the Meadow Lily, is a native of eastern North America.[3] 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.[4] It is also cultivated as an ornamental in Europe and other places.[5]

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.[6]


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