Sunday, August 14, 2011

Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii)

W had his ‘orange sensor’ on high as we drove along Scull Shoals Road after visiting the Sandy Creek area to check on some wildflowers. We’ve been roving the countryside looking for Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) plants that are setting seedpods – without much luck.

He spotted some ‘orange’ flowers high up on an embankment just a short distance along Scull Shoals Road from its junction with Macedonia Road. Out we clambered and were rewarded with three Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii) plants. They were relatively inaccessible. I climbed up to the top of the embankment, walked along to a vantage point with the idea of working my way down the slope. However, I was on a bed of pine needles and slid straight past the plants until I could stop my slide against some roots. So we had to content ourselves with photographing them from the road below.

Lilium michauxii
is one of two species with similar blooms – Lilium michauxii and Lilium superbum – that grow in Georgia. Lilium michauxii is known by the common name Carolina Lily.

Two of three plants blooming on the embankment above the road.

A quick check of the leaf arrangement.

A closer view of the two blooms.

A close view, from the front

A close view, from the side

Lilium michauxii
is native to the United States and grows in southeastern states from Virginia to Texas. Lilium michauxii is one of two similar species – Lillium michauxii and Lillium superbum – that have been documented to grow in several counties in Georgia including Greene County.

Lilium michauxii is only one of several Lilium species that grow in the United States. Visit A. L. Gibson’s post at the Natural Treasures in Ohio on several Lilium species that grow further north.

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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Lilium michauxii (Carolina Lily)

- North Carolina herbarium: Lilium michauxii

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Lilium michauxii (Carolina Lily)

- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Lilium michauxii (Carolina Lily)

- Alabama Plants: Lilium michauxii (Carolina Lily)

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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