Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Lilium Philadelphicum
    Prairie lily

The prairie lily is distinguished from the more common Michigan Lily by its erect flower head. The Michigan lily has a drooping flower.

Lilium Philadelphicum

Unfortunately, this excellent mesic prairie forb is rarely seen on our edge of the prairie these days: this individual hangs on precariously in an unprotected railroad prairie in Starke County, Indiana.

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Prairie lily, photographed near English Lake in Starke County, Indiana in 2000. [155k]

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Lilium Philadelphicum on Wildflower Nirvana.

Wood lily is the common name for this species in the eastern portion of its range. [Connecticut Botanical Society].



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