Lily (Lilium philadelphicum) in the Lilies Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Lilium philadelphicum Accepted
Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Species lilies will come true from seed; cultivars and hybrids will not.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Other: Bulb scaling.
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Endangered: Listed as endangered in the US states of MD, NM, TN, and NC; and as threatened in KY and OH.
Awards and Recognitions: Other: Provincial Flower of Saskatchewan, Canada


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May 20, 2012

It's an amazing garden we're touring today, the creation of a man, his plants and his flying friends. We think you are going to enjoy this trip to Illinois. Come join us and be sure to click the images so you can enjoy the full view.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 2, 2012 4:39 AM

A magnificent wild flower found occasionally in the northern half of Illinois Habitat is especially moist prairies, woodlands too.

The presence of this plant in the wild is an indicator of a high quality prairie. A land form sadly disappearing..

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Plant Events from our members
Australis On March 28, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
All seed failed to germinate and disappeared. Suspect they may not have been viable to start with.
Australis On August 30, 2016 Seeds sown
Obtained as seed from Discovery Seeds and Bulbs.
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