What plant is that?

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 Wood Lily
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2014

This month’s mystery plant is a member of a genus with three species native to Rhode Island, but it has the showiest flowers of all.  Large, and bright orange-red in color with purple spots toward the base, these flowers make an outstanding display wherever they are growing.  The flowers are six-parted and grow at the top of the plant.  The petals and sepals are identical and are narrowed to a claw at the base. The leaves are narrow and lance-shaped and occur mostly in whorls along the stem.  This plant is a perennial and grows from a scaly bulb.  It grows 1-3 feet tall and is usually found in sunny places in open woods, fields or thickets.  It blooms from late June to mid-August.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Lilium philadelphicum
Common Name:
  Wood Lily
  Liliaceae (Lily Family)
  Dry open woods, fields and thickets

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