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Canada Lily

July 29, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I photographed this gorgeous native lily yesterday and a few photos a week prior.

Lilium canadense

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Lilium canadense
Lilium canadense (lit).jpg
Canada lily[1]
Scientific classificationedit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Lilium

L. canadense

Binomial name
Lilium canadense


  • Lilium pulchrum Salisb.
  • Lilium penduliflorum Redouté
  • Lilium pendulum Spae
  • Lilium peramoenum Farw.

Lilium canadense, commonly called either the Canada lily,[3][4] wild yellow-lily, or the meadow lily, is a native of eastern North America.[5] 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.[6] It is also cultivated as an ornamental in Europe and other places.[7]

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 traditionally gathered and eaten by North American indigenous peoples.[8]

Conservation status in the United States[edit]

It is listed Rare in Indiana, as Exploitably Vulnerable in New York (state), and as Threatened in Rhode Island and Tennessee[9]

  • Canada lily in Maine

  • Red Canada lily


The Canada Lily blooms at the end of July here in Nova Scotia, the same time as the White Bog Orchid. I hope I can remember that for next year to minimize wildflower excursions.

Canada Lily