Tiger Lily Flowers
Perennial, Lilium lancifolium, Hemerocallis Fulva
Most of us refer to the flowers in this picture as an Orange Lily, or a Tiger
Lily. But, some people call this Day Lily a "Ditch Lily". It's because
this prolific wildflower is commonly found in ditches around a wide
area of America.
There is much confusion about Tiger Lilies. An oriental variety is very similar.
The major difference is that the oriental Tiger Lily propagates through a
bulbs that forms at leaf axils. The common wildflower Tiger Lily is
a profuse propagator by means of tuberous roots. Both varieties have edible
roots and have been used for medicinal purposes. We will focus the remainder
of this article on the wildflower variety.
Did You Know? Tiger Lilies have medicinal uses. They relieve congestion,
and the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
Dig up and separate tuberous roots. Transplanting is best in spring or fall.
Water thoroughly after transplanting roots.
How to Grow Tiger Lilies:
It's easy to grow these wildflowers. They are at home in nature, or your
Plant tuberous roots in groups. They do not mind crowding, and look their
best when in bloom in a large, close together patch of bright orange flowers.
Tiger Lilies require little attention. They prefer moist to wet soils. That's
why they grow so well in and near ditches. Fertilizer is not needed, except
in the poorest of soils. They thrive in most regions of the U.S., and do
not require winter protection.
Once established, they will thrive and grow year after year.
Did You Know? Native Americans ate the tuberous roots, baking them
as you would potatoes.
Insects and Disease:
Forget about insect and disease problems. This prolific grower sees few problems.
If problems do occur the home garden, you can use insecticide or fungicide
The plants can be bothered by slugs and snails.
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