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'L. canadense var. flavum' (Lilium species or wild lily)
The 'Canada Lily' is perhaps one of the most beloved and popular of the Eastern North American species. Also known as the 'Meadow Lily' it is commonly found at the edges of open meadows in damp, acidic, well drained soils. In the garden Lilium canadense appreciates generous additions of leaf mold or peat moss to the soil. Producing yellow, Turk's Cap flowers with varying amounts of spots, Lilium canadense adds grace and charm to the garden that no modern hybrid can match. This species lily can take from four to six years to flower from seed and another three to four years to reach a commercial size. Shown is the variant 'flavum', the best known of the species.
Photo inset is of a very finely grown stem of L. canadense provided by William Holden.
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base