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Elizabeth, I could drive over to Buffalo and hug you for this! This photo looks remarkably like a lily that I saw at a picnic at a fellow garden clubber's home. He said it was a lily called 'Thunderbolt', but it's one I've never been able to locate anywhere. I've been searching for 15 years! I haven't yet delved into B & B's catalog (it's waiting - they're all waiting), but if this is in there, it's going to be in my garden this year. Thank you, thank you!

Susan, I was so thrilled to see it finally for sale as a bulb. However, you may not want to hug me quite as much when you see the prices for this and some of the new martagons B&B has. It didn't stop me, but ...

My parents found these growing in Milford, PA. Sadly, my dad thought if he pulled on the stalk, it would bring up the whole plant. He ended up pulling up just the stalk. I went back to the site later, trying to figure out where the bulb was, but no luck.

I've wanted L. canadense ever since. If B&B are selling the true native bulb, then I'm thrilled.

So very lucky! I'm drooling. Lilies like these don't grow in our part of the country and even those reputed to grow here won't grow in my yard.

Super-beautiful, absolutely.

I should say WHEN and WHERE I see them growing wild, namely when I take a canoe trip down the Battenkill River. They grow in the meadows beside the river.

This suggests that they like rich, damp soil. In other words, very different conditions than many lilies, which do spectacularly well in the sandy, free-draining soil in my garden.

These grow wild in and around my orchard, in partial shade. They do seem to take advantage of access to irrigation water. Also, I've seen them flourishing under and near fir and Lodgepole pine trees, which few other flowers seem to do.

Oh, iI forgot to mention I live in Oregon.

Beautiful. I've tried to grow Michigan lilly, without success. I'm tempted to give these a shot too, though I doubt they'll love my limey midwestern soil.

Back in my early garden years when there wasn't nearly as many places to order plants or I just wasn't aware of them (you had to look in the tiny ads in the back of garden magazines and send a SASE and a $1.00 to get no picture catalogues) I got this from WFF. It only lasted a few years before petering out. It was native, it was spotted orange, it hung down. I got it because I do not care for regular type pointing up lilles (don't hit, me, one of my many character flaws). Was it ever offered by WFF, or was it some other type? It wasn't called the turks caps. KNew I should have kept a garden diary.

Even if there were no lilies anywhere on earth, I would argue that nobody needs double orange echinacea.

I would rather see these in a garden than datura family plants--I *think* these are safer/non-toxic/attractive to children who might eat them. They make me think of a jeweler's elaborate version of a common lily.

Some years ago at the SF Flower&Garden show, there was a display of a children's garden by a pair or a firm who'd had a lovely child-centered display the year before. I looked up and back, and on the left/western edge, most of the way back, what do I see but a big yellow flowered Brugmansia, Angel's Trumpet...related to the Datura of the same common name: beautiful and highly toxic, and not for children's gardens. I remarked upon this to my friend, and we both wondered what possessed people who must have, should have known about the toxins in this plant--I know Amy does!

The Wikipedia entry says: The concentration of alkaloids in all parts of the plant differ markedly. They even vary with the seasons and the level of hydration, so it is nearly impossible to determine a safe level of alkaloid exposure.

And you're putting this in a garden designed for children? How about some nice Castor plants, too?

How beautiful. I am sure they wouldn't survive in my parts.

Elizabeth... I'm with you on l. nepalense. Check out Faraway Flowers - Kushi Mayan... a hybrid that has the good looks and better hardiness. Ooo la la.

I'll second that, UrsulaV!

i've seen l. canadense growing thickly by the roadside in Maine, just across the border a few miles from Mount Washington. They were in a spot that gets full sun and run off from a road to a ski resort--which means, i assume, water tainted with road salt.

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