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Canada Lily

July 22, 2022


The Canada Lily is an elegant native wildflower which is hard to find but worth the effort. Abuse of this plant is evident as wild flora terrorists dig up or crop the plant for selfish and personal use.

The one colony I visit annually is getting smaller and smaller and will soon disappear.



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Lilium canadense
Lilium canadense (lit).jpg
Canada lily[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Lilioideae
Tribe: Lilieae
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.


These plants usually live in moist meadows and wood margins. They can grow up to 0.5-1.5m with yellow, orange or red flowers 50–75 mm wide which emerge between June and July.

Culinary uses

The flower buds and roots traditionally gathered and eaten by North American indigenous peoples.[8]

Conservation status in the United States

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

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