|Flower of Lilium distichum|
Lilium distichum is a herbaceous plant of the lily family which is native to northeastern China and Korea where it flourishes among shrubs and in forests. It grows from 2–4 ft. (50–120 cm) tall. The stem is cylindrical and slender with a single whorl of leaves mid–way up the stem. It also has much smaller oval leaves sparsely, alternately on the upper stem.
The flowers are yellow–orange or orange–vermillion with the petals spotted in purple, somewhat ‘flatfaced’ in appearance with irregular distribution of petals around the face of the flower forming a fanshape. The tips of the petals are reflexed. 2–10 flowers are carried on an inflorescence in July and August.
The name distichum refers to the two types of leaves the plant carries.
- Guide to Plant Names, Allen J. Coombes, Hamlyn, London. 1992. ISBN 0-600-57545-4
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