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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Michigan Lily

DSC_7921aImage by jerryoldenettel via Flickr When I saw this flower on the side of the road I thought it had escaped from a garden. These orange lilies, with their polka dot petals pulled up and long stamens dangling look very exotic. After I did a little research, I was surprised to find out that the Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense) is a native wild flower.

If you see this lily don't pick it. Populations of Michigan lilies should be protected if possible. They reproduce very slowly from seed, taking several years to bloom. The plants have a small scaled bulb and they also produce rhizomes underground that eventually produce new bulblets and then new plants.
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Nathan B said...

Great looking flower, they look pretty much look identical to the Turk's Cap Lily found here in Ontario, thanks for the info.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

I thought the same thing. According to Wikipedia: "It is a wildflower present in prairie habitats in the eastern United States and Canada, as far southwest as Oklahoma.

The flower is orange with spots. It is widely cultivated in domesticated form. The Michigan lily is often confused with the Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum), and with a naturalized Asian "tiger lily" (Lilium lancifolium)."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilium_michiganense

Thanks for the comment, Sarah