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As I was taking a walk last summer I noticed these growing among weeds by the stream. By the look and smell of them, they appear to be lilies, but how they grew there is a mystery Update:
Many thanks to *keldbach
who found out this is Canada Lily!
Here's what it says about the plant on Wikipedia [link]
Lilium canadense, commonly called either the Canada Lily or the Meadow Lily, is a native of eastern North America. The plant grows up to 1.5 meters high. Flowers emerge in June, and are nodding, yellow, orange or red, with spots. The plant has become less common in urban and suburban areas due to heavy browsing by the white-tailed deer
Habitat: moist meadows, wood margins Height: 2-5 feet Flower size: 2-3 inches wide Flower color: yellow, orange, or red Flowering time: June to July Origin: native
Found in N.B., N.S., Ont., Que.; Ala., Conn., Del., D.C., Ga., Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va.
This plant is on the endangered species list of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada).
The flower buds and roots were once gathered and eaten by North American Indians.
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