Liliaceae (Lily Family)
A magnificent tall woodland lily, growing to a height of 60 - 150 cm.
Distinguishing Features - Leaves: >15 cm long; lanceolate, in whorls of 4 to 10, with veins beneath bearing minute prickles. Flowers: from yellow to orange-red with dark spots, 5 - 7.5 cm wide; 3 petals and 3 petal-like sepals arch outward but not backward; 6 stamens, with brown anthers. Fruit: an erect capsule 2.5 - 5 cm long.
Native to eastern North America; Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia; south to New England and beyond; in rich, moist soil conditions, wet meadows, woodlands and ditches.
The flower buds and roots were once gathered and eaten by North American Indians.
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