Stem. - Two to five feet high. Leaves. - Whorled, lance-shaped. Flowers. - Yellow, spotted with reddish-brown, bell-shaped, two to three inches long. Perianth. - Of six recurved sepals, with a nectar-bearing furrow at their base. Stamens. - Six, with anthers loaded with brown pollen. Pistil. - One, with a three-lobed stigma.
What does the summer bring which is more enchanting than a sequestered wood-bordered meadow hung with a thousand of these delicate, nodding bells which look as though ready to tinkle at the least disturbance and sound an alarum among the flowers?
Plate XLV. Meadow Lily. - L. Canadense
These too are true "lilies of the field," less gorgeous, less imposing that the Turks' caps, but with an unsurpassed grace and charm of their own. "Fairy-caps," these pointed blossoms are sometimes called; "witch-caps," would be more appropriate still. Indeed they would make dainty headgear for any of the dim inhabitants of Wonder-Land.
The growth of this plant is very striking when seen at its best. The erect stem is surrounded with regular whorls of leaves, from the upper one of which curves a circle of long-stemmed, nodding flowers. They suggest an exquisite design for a church candelabra.