The Tiger Lily

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The tiger-lily is the plant that bears large flowers of orange color covered with spots. Most probably these spots are the reason for the name given to the flower. It is also named as Ditch Lily in America as is commonly found growing in areas around ditches. The few of other names with which tiger lily has been known in different parts of the world are Devil Lily, Kentan, Leopard Lily, Pine Lily Columbia lily, Oregon Lily, Western Wood Lily, Western Red Lily, etc. These flowers grow up to three inches wide in size which makes them a huge one to cherish the profoundness of nature. The Tiger Lily has a strong, sweet and idiosyncratically lily smell. Besides producing a stunning sight, most parts of this plant are edible. There is an old story told in Asia regarding the Tiger lily, it says; a Korean hermit helped a wounded tiger by removing an arrow from its body. The tiger asked the hermit to use his powers to carry on their friendship after his death. The hermit agreed and when the tiger died, his body became a tiger lily. In due course the hermit drowned and his body was washed away. The Tiger Lily spread everywhere searching for its friend. There are two varieties of the Tiger Lily:
•    The Oriental Variety: Promulgates through bulbs that form at leaf axils.
•    The Common Wildflower Variety: Spreads by tuberous roots.

Some Facts about Tiger Lily:

•    Tiger Lily flower essence helps in restraining aggressive propensities in individuals and helps in holistic healing.
•    Tiger Lily has some toxic effects on cats. It can produce vomiting, in appetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death.
•    The Tiger Lily denotes wealth and prosperity.
•    When baked, lily bulbs taste rather like potatoes.
•    Tiger Lily was first described by the famous Swedish botanist Carl von Linne (Linnaeus) in 1753.

Due to its feral growing nature, the Tiger Lily is unbelievably easy to grow. Tiger lilies bloom well in moist to wet soils and hence grow well near the ditches. In cold temperate areas they can be planted from early to mid autumn while if you are planning to plant it in a warmer zone than you may plant it till late autumn too.