Lilies forum: Thought I would share a funny story of Lilium Henryi

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Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 5, 2015 9:27 AM CST
So this starts as a my way day.............many many years ago my Dad planted orange tiger lilies in our back garden. They bloomed and multiplied and never seemed to ever die.......for years and years they were they and every year more and more it seemed. US kids as children and there was 3 of us girls and 2 boys...... All us girls said we will never plant the orange tiger is very invasive is what we thought and now it would be called Propagation right..... Thumbs up

now years have gone by and the tiger lilies are still growing in my parents old house ....and my Dad has long passed away 15 years ago......

now move ahead 15 years and it starts to get funny..... My sister rented a house and it is full of tiger lilies that are orange. she tried everything to get rid of them all and nothing seemed to work......... My other sister just bought another house and it has orange tiger lilies as well growing in her back bushes along the edge. we all had a good laugh over this and especially me............ NO tiger lilies at my house and I planted a lot of bulbs........making sure I did not see the name Tiger Lily.....

well last night well browsing through McRae's book I decided to check on the species lilies that I have bought and read up on them a bit more. 3 of them are Henryi and more commonly called as it says. THE ORANGE TIGER LILY......

so this is my Dad watching out for all us so we all have some memory of him I am sure. My orange tigers are in the middle of a huge bed..........

this lily they said in the book is very very important and also very unique in that it will cross between all kinds of lilies. so an important lily in history I guess..

thought you could all use a good laugh.......and wish me luck with the Henryi........ Hurray! or should say Orange Tiger Liies........

I guess you need to read up on every single Bulb that you buy very closely and in a variety of places.........

Likely a very common lily planted by people on this site........
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May 5, 2015 9:59 AM CST
I have it in my garden!
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 6, 2015 8:34 AM CST
I am curious to see it blooming
hope it does not take over the garden my Dad's did.......
but that was over years and years too ........
they are pretty with the spots and so on as well...............

I read how important they are in lily breeding in the past
so maybe a few orange tiger lilies will be ok..

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 9, 2015 6:43 PM CST
McRae's book refers to Henryi as the orange tiger lily
but the lily nook website calls another lily the tiger lily that is species and forget the name..
I did get some Orange Tiger Lilies grown from seed from my daughter in law today as a Mother's Day gift so no matter what I do have orange tiger lilies
can someone on here clarify this for me??

they look the same although they are calling henryi a trumpet lily on the net........ and no real mention of the orange tiger lily at all..
just McRae's book refers to it that way
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May 9, 2015 7:20 PM CST


I guess this is where it is best to use the Latin names for the lilies. The lily most refered to as a "tiger lily" is Lilium lancifolium (synonym L. tigrinum). This is the tall orange one with large dark spots and "stem bulbils" (little bulblets) growing in the leaf axils on the stem.

There are vendors who sell "red tiger lilies"; these are usually the cultivar Red Velvet. Some sell yellow tiger lilies and these are usually the cultivar Citronella. There is a yellow form of L. lancifolium known as L. lancifolium var. flaviforum (synonym of L. lancifolium).

Then there is "white tiger lily" sold by vendors, this is most often cultivar "Sweet Surrender". Vendors who sell these cultivars as "tiger lilies" are not what most of us consider lily specialists and they sell many other plants too.

Here in the Pacific Northwest Lilium columbianum is also called tiger lily. I bet there are other species lilies that are locally called tiger lilies. All very generic for the form of flower (rolled back petals with spots).

So you see, the term "tiger lily" is quite vague and perhaps best not to use it unless there is clarification. Better to use the Latin (for species lilies) or the true culitvar names.

I guess I didn't read that part of McRae very close. I have never heard of L. henryi referred to as a tiger lily. But perhaps at one time it was.

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 9, 2015 7:40 PM CST

there is a link on the net that does refer to it as the tiger lily

Name: Mary
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Mar 22, 2016 7:09 PM CST
We used to call something a "Tiger Lily" that grew along forest and road margins in the east. I loved them.
It turns out others call it a "Ditch Lily"- It's Hemerocallus fulva, a daylily that has gone feral ;-)

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