Lilium lancifolium

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Tiger Lily

Lilium lancifolium is commonly known as tiger lily. It has bright orange flowers with dark speckled spots in late summer. The stems stand 4 feet tall with up to 10 unscented flowers per stem. This species is native to Guam, China, Korea, and Japan. Although this species does not produce viable seeds, many small aerial bulblets known as bulbils are produced in the leaf axils along the stem. A bulbil will produce flowers two years after it is collected from the stem. The bulbs are edible, and these plants have been cultivated in Asia as a food crop. The bulbs are said to taste like turnips when cooked. The flower is also edible but the pollen is toxic and can induce vomiting. Because these plants were historically cultivated for food, it is likely that Lilium lancifolium is a result of breeding and selection rather than a naturally occurring species. The tiger lily is generally resistant to disease and tolerant of viruses, but as a carrier, it is a risk to other lilies in the garden. The grace and beauty of this lily make it a lovely addition to the garden. Lilies love full sun but will do well in partial shade. They tolerate hot summer days, as long as the bulbs are deep enough to remain cool. Lower plants surrounding the lilies will help protect their roots from drying out. Lilies make an excellent cut flower with long-lasting blooms and buds that continue to mature and open after cutting.

Plant Shape:
Full Sun
Bloom Time:
July - August
Bloom Color:
Landscape Use:
Bedding or Border
Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest:
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type:
Hardiness Zone:
4 - 8