Tiger Lily – My buddleia (butterfly bush) is just beginning to bloom, the rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) are in full swing and my tiger lilies have finally begun. The tiger lily is always one of my last lilies to bloom for the year and they bloom in the sun or shade, it doesn’t seem to matter.
Lilium lancifolium (syn. L. tigrinum) is native to eastern Guam, China, Korea and Japan. There are several species that call themselves tiger lily but this version is the most widely known.
Flowers are bright orange with black spots on a tall stem, between 5 and 6ft. It is one of a very small number of species that produce aerial bulblets, known as bulbils, in the leaf axils along the stem. These can be used to propagate the plant. Most parts of the plant are edible. Flowers on the plant last for a short period of time before they wither and are replaced by newer flowers.
It is said that tiger lilies are carriers of some disease that affects other lily species and it is recommended that they are not planted close to other types. However, I can’t seem to substantiate it anywhere, so I don’t know if is an old wives’ tale or the truth.