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Lilium canadense is a BULB growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
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A poultice made from the bulbs is applied to snakebites[222]. A tea made from the bulbs is stomachic and is also used in the treatment of irregular menses and dysentery[222, 257].
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Other use

Bulb - cooked[2, 105, 177]. Rich in starch, it can be used as a vegetable in similar ways to potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). The taste is rather like raw green corn on the ear[207]. The bulb can be dried, ground into a powder and used in making bread etc[257]. A famine food, only used when better foods are not available[257].
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Geographical distribution

  • Northern America, Eastern Canada, Nova Scotia
  • Northern America, Eastern Canada, Québec
  • Northern America, Southeastern U.S.A., Georgia

Lilium canadense L.

Genus: Lilium
Species: canadense L.
Common names: Meadow Lily, Canada Lily
Distribution summary: Eastern N. America - Quebec to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia.
Habit: Bulbous
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Wet meadows, moist rich woods especially edges, streamsides and river alluvia, bogs, marshes, swamps, along wet roadsides and railroads from sea level to 1000 metres[270].
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: North America (A)
Flowering months: June, July
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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