Yellow, spotted with rich brown.
New England, southward and westward.
Flowers: terminal; solitary, or a few; nodding. Perianth: of six, deeply parted divisions that curve towards the base, where there is a honey-bearing spot. Stamens: six. Pistil: one; stigma, three-lobed. Leaves: whorled about the stem; narrowly oblong; parallel-veined. Stem: erect, from a scaly bulb.
When we walk in the meadows and read the aristocracy of the flowers we find that the golden lilies are very noble. They seem to have none of the democratic, bohemian instincts of our pretty chicory and its playmates. They are so grave and dignified. No doubt fate has whispered to them that they were only to nod their heads through the ages of poetry, or to encourage the beautiful in art. And their influence is very far reaching; sometimes whole meadows will be radiant with them as they extend their way down to the marshes.
Of about fifty species of the north temperate zone, the meadow lily is one of the five that are native to the eastern United States.
L. Carolinianum, or the Carolina lily, (Plate XXXVIII.) is very slight in its variations from the meadow lily; although a still more gorgeous flower. The leaves are broader and its orange-red colour is tipped with a highly brilliant crimson. The spots that colour the longitudinal anthers are of the darker brown.