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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide

Tiger LilyTiger Lily
(Lilium columbianum)
a.k.a. Columbia lily, Oregon lily

The name 'tiger' probably refers to the spots on the petals.

The Tiger Lily is a perennial that grows from a white bulb and can reach up to 1 metre. Tiger Lily stems are unbranched.


LEAVES:
- The leaves of the Tiger Lily are lance-shaped and narrow
- most of the time 6-9 are arranged in whorls although those on the upper stem may be scattered
FLOWERS:
- Tiger Lily flowers are orange with red or browny-red spots mainly near the centre
- petals curved towards the back
- dangle down, like a bell, from the top of the stem
- Tiger lilies can be up to 30 per stem
Tiger Lillies
FRUIT:
- cylindrical capsules
HABITAT:
- The Tiger lilies are found in low to subalpine elevations in southeastern parts of the province
- The Tiger Lily appears in open forests, meadows and clearings
FASCINATING FACTS:
- Tiger Lily bulbs were harvested at certain times of the year by native people. They were then cooked, dried and used as a flavouring.

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