Lilium canadense L.

Canada Lily, Meadow Lily, Turk's Cap Lily, Yellow Lily

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Lilium

Category: Bulb

Size: To 4' tall (sometimes 6')

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Yellow flowers, spotted with red in late spring to early summer. As many as 20 flowers on a stem, to 3" in diameter. Moist, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Armitage considers it difficult to grow: one of the most beautiful lilies in existence, and also one of the most frustrating.


Native from Canada to the US, south to Georgia in moist areas on the edge of woodlands or streams.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 303 in 1753. Reference is made to Catesby's Natural History Appendix Plate 11.


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