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Jun 24, 2021 3:30 PM CST

So I've seen several posts about Lillies and how they're toxic to cats. It was my birthday recently and someone sent my an arrangement with what appear to be orange day lilies. I'm no expert with lilies so I could be wrong. The pollen that came off of them was dark red. Some got on my dining table.

Could anyone identify the flower (orange)? I'd like to use this as an educational moment for what to avoid in the future. And I'd like to know if it is indeed toxic to cats. I've seen conflicting comments on what lilies are and are not toxic. My cats are currently quarantined whilst I clean the pollen and surrounding area up. Neither of them ingested anything to my knowledge and are acting like themselves (begging for more food lol)

Sorry the picture isn't better. I ended up throwing the flowers out since they were dying anyway.
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Jun 24, 2021 4:12 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Those look like lilies (Lilium) rather than daylilies (Hemerocallis). Daylilies are not a kind of lily but do get lumped in with lilies in articles about toxicity to cats. Many daylily gardeners have cats that eat daylilies without a problem so it could be a case of mistaken identity. Regardless, your flowers appear to be true lilies, at least some of which are known to be toxic to cats.
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Jun 27, 2021 6:35 AM CST
Name: Justine
Maryville, Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Yes. They specifically look like asiatic lilies. Beautiful arrangement! As a general rule the scented ones tend to be oriental and the unscented ones in flower arrangements are often asiatic. Breeders are coming up with new hybrids that blur the boundaries between species.
The temple bell stops
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers -Basho
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