The large handsome bells of the popular Meadow Lily fairly tinkle with the joyous outdoor spirit which ever glorifies the month of June. The smooth, slender, or stout, leafy stalk grows from one to five feet tall, from a bulby rootstock composed of numerous narrow, fleshy, white scales. The stemless and toothless, oblong or lance-shaped leaves are usually gathered in whorls of from four to ten, which are distributed at regular intervals on the stalk. The uppermost leaves are often alternating. The margins, as well as the veining on the under side, are finely roughened and they are strongly three-ribbed. From one to sixteen showy flowers spring fountain-like from the summit of the stalk, on long, slender stems, and droop and nod in every direction from the sharply curved ends. They are decidedly bell-like, and their six spreading, pointed, petal-like parts are yellow or orange coloured, and usually deeper toned, and thickly spotted within with dark, reddish brown. The large, rich-brown capped, light green stamens are six in number, and the club-shaped pistil has three lobes. At times some of our swamps, meadows, and low fields are extensively decorated with the lovely flowers of this gorgeous Lily which hang their graceful heads well above the surrounding vegetation. This species is found in blossom during June and July, and ranges from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri. The Indians made use of the bulbs for thickening meat soups.
MEADOW LILY. Lilium canadense.