Stem. - Three to seven feet high. Leaves. - Lance-shaped, the lower whorled. Flowers. - Orange or scarlet, with purple spots within, three inches long, from three to forty growing in pyramidal clusters. Perianth. - Of six strongly recurved sepals. Stamens. - Six, with long anthers. Pistil. - One, with a three-lobed stigma.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
They toil not, neither do they spin;
And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory
Was not arrayed like one of these.
How they come back to us, the beautiful hackneyed lines, and flash into our memories with new significance of meaning when we chance suddenly upon a meadow bordered with these the most gorgeous of our wild flowers.
We might doubt whether our native lilies at all resembled those alluded to in the scriptural passage, if we did not know that a nearly allied species grew abundantly in Palestine; for we have reason to believe that lily was a title freely applied by many Oriental poets to any beautiful flower.
Perhaps this plant never attains far inland the same luxuriance of growth which is common to it in some of the New England lowlands near the coast. Its radiant, nodding blossoms are seen in great profusion as we travel by rail from New York to Boston.