16 responses to “Lilium canadense”

  1. Pat Collins

    Release the wolves!

  2. Nette

    Appreciate all the DJ entries. Where does a botanist go after such an internship (or whatever it’s called?)

  3. Robert Roggeveen

    June to August here in Connecticut, most often in floodplains, swamp,edges, and wet meadows.

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  5. Rich Eldred

    An orange/yellowish version of this Lilly grows along the river shores of northern Vermont – I hope the lilly beetles stay away but they find my cultivated lilies immediately and their larva chew the leaves down to nubs. Voles also eat the bulbs.

  6. Janeal Thompson

    Very interesting entry and a beautiful photograph. Thanks.

  7. michael aman

    Sadly, we’ve found other ways to “fatten our children”.

  8. Sue Frisch

    L. canadense grows wild around our house in extreme northwestern Connecticut, self-sowing with abandon. It’s the yellow, most common (at least around here) form.
    When we built the house, I decided to structure perennial beds to incorporate the lily population and they really thrived until the lily beetle arrived. Alas, the beetle selectively chose to eat the L. canadense and now, even though some escape and self-sow, I no longer have the huge candelabras of blossoms, and I’m really concerned that unless the lily beetles are controlled the lilies will be extirpated in this area. I believe the University of New Hampshire has written about a similar observation.
    The beetles also completely destroyed a small population of L. superbum that I had planted.
    They really seem to prefer the native species to the Oriental types.
    For what it’s worth, I am participating in a trial of predatory wasps (they lay their eggs in lily beetle larvae) that’s being undertaken by the University of Connecticut, and after 3 years I think (I hope!) that some kind of equilibrium is being reached.

    1. Gabrielle

      The University of Rhode Island Insect Quarantine Lab has had success releasing wasp parasitoids of the lily leaf beetle:


      1. Sue Frisch

        Thanks for the interesting link, Gabrielle. I should have said “parasitic.” In my garden some were released in 2013 although I don’t know which kind of the 3 types they were… Just hoping that the U Conn trial will also be successful.

  9. Harry Hill

    I wonder if hummingbirds are pollinators for other North American lilies. I have only seen bumble bees on our native Lilium columbianum here in BC.

  10. Tiiu Mayer

    A beautiful photo of a beautiful subject. Thanks!

  11. Ed Hessler

    This is so lovely.

    I’ve shared the experience of passing a plant for a long time before knowing who it was and a little about its lineage. In the end knowing this only adds to my appreciation when I pass it again. It is a little like being on first name basis.

    Thanks for this post and photograph.

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