Lilium philadelphicum

This gorgeous wildflower is called Wood Lily, or sometimes Prairie Lily.  It is a true lily, belonging to the Lilium genus, which is also the type genus for the Lily family (Liliaceae).  “Lilium” is Greek for “lily” and “philadelphicum” refers to the plant being discovered in Philadelphia.  Another explanation suggests that this refers to plant collections made by John Bartram, who is considered the “father of American botany” because he was the first botanist trained by Linnaeus to make extensive botanical forays in North America.


Synonym:
Family:Liliaceae
Common Name:Prairie Lily
Authority: (Nutt.) Ker.
Etymology:
C Value:10
Wetness:FAC
# of Species in  
Genus in Illinois:
4
Duration:Perennial
Reproduction:Monoecious
Flower Type:Perfect
Growth Habit:Forb
Leaf Arrangement:Whorled
Leaf Type:Simple
Leaf Margin:Entire
Leaf Toothing:
Flower Color:Red, Orange
Habitat:
Status (State):Not Listed
Status (Federal):Not Listed
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