Portraits of Wildflowers

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Guest Post 7: Canada lilies

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A little while after I took the previous picture in some shade at Bartholomew’s Cobble on June 29, I entered a sunnier area and came across some Canada lilies, Lilium canadense, that a worker at the preserve had told me to be on the lookout for. Unlike the cultivated day lilies that people have planted in large numbers in the Northeast, this species is native to that area and even farther south, as you can confirm on the clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 19, 2012 at 6:06 AM

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  1. Very beautiful. And I like to see this lily in its environment.


    July 19, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    • Photographers sometimes use the term environmental portraiture to refer to the taking of a photograph of someone in that person’s milieu. Here, then, is an environmental portrait of a Canada lily.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 6:56 AM

  2. Even more beautiful than the cultivated day lilies (which I adore), these have a certain elegance and stand so upright. Lovely photo.


    July 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    • Thanks, Cathy. Given that you’re such a fan of day lilies, you should try to visit the Northeast of the United States, where I was surprised by how widely those flowers have been planted.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      • They are very common here, in lovely summery oranges, yellows and reds!


        July 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    • One thing that I learned about day lilies is that the flowers are edible. Have you ever eaten any?

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      • No, never dared! But Bavarians say they are lovely sauteed in butter!


        July 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    • Guten Appetit. We expect a full report.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM

  3. Beautiful !!! I like the natives species better also…I counted seven blossoms and one ready to open on this one plant. Great shot Steve!!!


    July 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    • Hey, you’re a good counter, David. Both this species and the widely planted cultivated one were new to me, but I prefer the native on general principles.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

  4. ¡Preciosa!, me encanta, parece que lo hayas pintando, besos


    July 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    • Gracias. Ojalá fuera pintor: no tengo ese talanto, pero he aprendido a usar una cámara en vez de un pincel.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

  5. I can’t remember exactly where it is – I think on TX 35 between Bay City and Rockport – there’s a farm home where the daylilies seem to want to go wild. They’ve naturalized over the years, and spread out from the house all the way to the ditches along the highway. It’s a spectacular scene.

    On the other hand, these are elegant in a different way. It appears there’s a single stalk, and then the flowers branch. I don’t remember seeing that before. Is it a tall plant? It looks as though it might grow “up” to get its blossoms into the sunshine.


    July 19, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    • Yes, the plant shown here was taller than I was, and one online source mentions a height up to 8 ft. I wasn’t familiar with day lilies, so the contrast with this species, including the branching, didn’t jump out at me the way it has with some of the rest of you. I wish I’d been there longer to make more observations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

  6. Que cette photo est belle. Il y a la beauté de la fleur et la beauté de la composition. Elle donne envie de se retrouver parmi les fleurs.


    July 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    • Je croyais qu’en général on préféferait la photo suivante, qui est plus abstraite, à celle-ci, mais je me suis trompé. (Par exception tu as aimé toutes les deux.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 20, 2012 at 6:42 AM

  7. The Canada Lillies are blooming here in New Brunswick for the last two weeks. They are along the St. John River, blooming above all the other field plants. I love them. Jane

    jane tims

    July 21, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    • My trip was a rare chance to see something that you’re familiar with in New Brunswick that doesn’t grow in Texas. Your description of “blooming above all the other field plants” confirms the height of these lilies, which Shoreacres (also from Texas) had asked about a few comments earlier.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2012 at 7:15 AM

  8. I do believe I like the native variety better than the cultivated ones.


    July 25, 2012 at 8:24 AM

  9. Hmmm…I seem to have missed this one. So close yet so far, Steve. Next time let me know in advance…this is only a little over an hour away.

    Steve Gingold

    July 11, 2016 at 9:32 AM

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