Columbia Lily

Lilium columbianum

''Lilium columbianum'' is a lily native to western North America. It is also known as the Columbia Lily or Tiger Lily .
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Appearance

''Lilium columbianum'' grows up to 1.2 metres tall, and bears from few to numerous orange flowers with darker spots. The tepals are 3 to 6 cm long and the flowers are lightly scented. Like many true lilies, the leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem of the plant.
Columbia Lily Near the base of the mountain in open areas the Columbia Lily (Lilium columbianum) is in flower at Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia,Canada,Columbia Lily,Geotagged,Lilium columbianum,Mount Revelstoke National Park,Spring

Food

Several West Coast and Californian Native American tribes in its range used its bitter or peppery-tasting bulbs as a food source. Dried ''Lilium columbianum'' is also eaten all around the world but it is not well known for it. Dried whole ''L. columbianum'' has a sweet and a sour taste. Unlike many native lilies, it is not particularly rare, but picking the flowers is discouraged as it impairs the ability of the plant to reproduce.
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Cultural

''Lilium columbianum'' is cultivated by specialty 'non-wild collected native bulbs', native plant nurseries, and arboretums. Plants in the wild should be left undisturbed, as they rarely survive transplantation stresses. The plants, available as bulbs, seeds, and container plants; are grown in gardens, usually within or replicating conditions of its native range. The Columbia Lily prefers moist, but well-drained, soil rich in organic matter.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderLiliales
FamilyLiliaceae
GenusLilium
SpeciesL. columbianum