Rodger's Mystery lily

Eugene Zielinski
Wed, 15 Nov 2006 19:04:16 PST
I would also say that it is Lilium philadelphicum.
L. philadelphicum is found across the northern United States and southern
Canada, from Maine to eastern British Columbia.  (According to one of my
field guides, it is the floral emblem of Saskatchewan.)  The western
populations have leaves scattered along the stem, and are separated as var.
andinum.  The eastern populations (var. philadelphicum) have whorled
leaves.  As for the populations in the middle, well...
Rodger's plant appears to have scattered leaves, so I guess it could be
andinum.  (The fact that the seed was received as Iris lacustris, which is
native to the shores of the western Great Lakes, also supports this.)
I think there were a few comments that the plant could be L. catesbaei. 
The flowers aren't "spidery" enough for this.  More important, L. catesbaei
is a late bloomer.  I was fortunate enough to see a small colony in bloom
this past September.  They were in southeast South Carolina, just across
the river from Savannah, Georgia.
Anyway, I'd recommend transferring the image to the WIKI as L.


Eugene Zielinski
Augusta, GA


> Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 12:01:06 -0600
> From: "Annalee" <>
> Subject: [pbs] Mystery lily.
> I concur with L. philadelphicum.  Immediate and first impression, well 
> within normal variation.  Adam Fikso 

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