Wood lily is the provincial flower of Saskatchewan, and this entry marks that province’s centennial today. Apologies to Alberta and its concurrent centennial celebrations, but I don’t have an image of a Rosa acicularis (prickly wild rose) to share.
According to Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland, First Nations people used the underground bulbs, seeds and flowers (!) as food. The bulbs, it is noted by the authors, are “strong-tasting, peppery and bitter–definitely an acquired taste!”, but the authors make no mention of the taste of the flowers. I’m mildly curious about what of the flowers was eaten, and how it would taste, but not curious enough that I’d contribute to the decline of local populations by picking a flower. Overpicking of the flowers for amenity has led to a perceptible decline in the numbers of Lilium philadelphicum near human-settled areas.
As an aside, this also marks the one hundred and fiftieth Botany Photo of the Day entry.
Botany / photography resource link: Images of Diatoms from the University College London’s Micropaleontology Unit. My favourite is Lyrella lyra. Scroll to the top of that lengthy page to learn more about these algae with siliceous skeletons.