Lilium canadense L.
Canada lily, meadow lily
Canada lilies are North American natives.
Identification: These lilies can reach 5' (1.5 m) in height. Leaves occur in whorls of 3-8, surrounding the stem, sometimes with smaller individual leaves higher on the stem. The leaves have parallel veins, and are 1-5" (2.5-12 cm) long and ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) wide. Flowers are nodding (downward-facing), 2-5" (5-12 cm) across, with six spotted petals, and may be yellow, orange, or red. The petals curl backward toward the base of the flower.
Lilium canadense at Illinois Wildflowers
Lilium canadense on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Lilium canadense at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lilium canadense on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Lilium canadense on CalPhotos
Lilium canadense on eFloras
Peterson, Roger Tory, McKenny, Margaret, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, p. 102
Newcomb, Lawrence, Morrison, Gordon (Illus.), Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, 1977, p. 352
Lilium canadense description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 3a-9b: