Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our Orange Lily

House Plants

Lilium bulbiferumHere is a new addition to our flower family, an orange lily (Lilium bulbiferum), an European perennial introduced to North America; in Canada, it is found chiefly in Quebec and Ontario, We purchased this particular plant last week, which we named Oksana, while we were raspberry picking. She started to bloom during the weekend, and here she is in her splendor and glory. These plants can grow to a height of 100 cm (or 40 in,); she is now about 30 cm (12 in). Some kinds of lilies, not this one, are edible and parts of  the plant are classified as vegetables for use in Asian cuisine, particularly in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Even if this plant were edible, I would not consume any part of it; she is, after all, family.