Thursday, 19 July 2012
Tiger Lilly (Lilium lancifolium)
Lilium lancifolium is a species of lily native to north and eastern parts of Asia, notably Japan. It is one of several species of lily that are commonly called Tiger lily but this is the species that is usually called by this name.
Like other true lilies, the flowers are borne on an stem that varies between 80cm and 200cm. The stem is covered with leaves that range from 6cm to 10 cm in length and 1cm to2cm wide. Lilium lancifolium is one of a few lily species that can produce aerial bulbils, in the leaf axils along the stem. These can be removed and then used to propagate the plant. In common with many other lilys the beautiful flowers only last for a short amount of time before they fade and die.
It is widely grown cultivated in Asia not just for its flowers but also the edible bulbs. While most parts of the plant are edible for humans, the pollen is poisonous. All parts of the plant are toxic to cats, resulting in kidney failure in a few days after eating it, so take care if you have feline companions.