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'L. michiganense' (Species or Wild Lily)
With a wide range from Oklahoma to Southern Ontario, the 'Michigan Lily' is closely related to Lilium canadense and Lilium superbum . The pendant flowers are orange-red in color and are heavily spotted in brown. It will cross with other Eastern North American Species, but nothing has ever been commercially introduced. Requiring well drained soils, we found it to be easier to cultivate than the West Coast dry land types.
Insets #1 and #2 are of Edgar Kline studio shots. #1 was labeled L. michiganese, Friemann which we were particularly pleased to find as LeVern was a close and dear friend. #2 was labeled L. michaganese, Palmer referring to R. C. Palmer of Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. Both slides were taken in the late 1940's and give indication to the variance in the appearance of flowers.
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