Thursday, July 29, 2010


Look at this!! I found this today growing just behind the house; you can see it from the kitchen windows. I have no idea what it is. I just said tigerlily because that is what it reminds me of, but I wonder if this is some wild, native species? I never planted anything in this area because I'm still doing dirtwork here. In fact, I could see the last cut I made with the Bobcat and I just missed this by about 18 inches. And, as far as I know, this area was never part of an old homestead.

It is so pretty and exotic looking. I'm sure somebody out there can give me an ID on it. I'm going to keep my eye out for any more of these plants. The stem is very distinct as the main part grows straight up from that circle of leaves near the bottom. That's kinda odd.
I have just been astounded at the variety of flowers that have popped up here since I have cleared some areas. I wonder how long they have laid dormant, just waiting for enough rays of sunlight to coax them forth. Just like most all things in our lives have their own time and circumstances before they are ready to come into being.

*Natalie Merchant


Anonymous said...

It looks like a Turk's cap Lily, Lilium superbum. If it is, you do indeed have a native on your hands. :)

Ashley in Nebraska

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I suspect your Lily is a wild native variety. We have Wood Lily's around here.( lilium philadelphie) It is not as spectacular as yours.

Sissy said...

Isn't life wonderful? Your lily reminded me of seeing a small patch of orange ones on Holston Mt. - wild, of course. So I bet yours is a beautiful wild native also. It's gorgeous. Mine in the garden are orange whereas red in yours. There should be black round, what I think/thought seeds, one lying at the base of each leaf, cradled. I collect and dry them.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The first poster seems to be correct as I checked online and came up with the same plant name. The Turk's cap lily prefers full or partial sun, loamy soil, and moist conditions, but an established plant can withstand some drought. There is some tendency to flop over if there is inadequate support from neighboring plants.The Turk's Cap Lily it is occasionally cultivated in gardens because of the showy flowers. Habitats include moist meadows in woodland areas, open woodlands and young flatwoods, thickets, and areas along lakes.

It's a beautiful plant and I've seen it here on the eastern shore, but that doesn't mean that someone isn't growing it here.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon and Beatrice. Definetly a Turks Cap. If you get any seeds from it send them up here. Maybe it will overtake the DayLillies we have.

edifice rex said...

Hey Ashley! thanks so much for the ID! I knew somebody would know. That's great!

Hey Philip! It is beautiful isn't it? I hope I can find more.

Hey Sissy! I looked all over that thing for seeds and couldn't come up with anything. Maybe they come out later. I hope so.

Hey Beatrice! Thanks so much for the info and confirmation. I may try transplanting this one as I'm afraid it's going to get squashed with the work to come.

Hey Grenville! If I can find any seeds I will definitely send ya some. So far I don't see anything that resembles them. :(
Overcome the daylilies?! Whew! that's a tall order! lol!

possum said...

Lucky you! What fun to have things just appear that are so beautiful. Watch out for the poison ivy, tho.

edifice rex said...

Hey Possum! yeah, I am lucky! I have all kinds of beautiful things appear here.