Stem. - Two to three feet high. Leaves. - Whorled or scattered, narrowly lance-shaped. Flower. - Erect, orange-red or scarlet, spotted with purple. Perianth. - Of six erect narrowly clawed sepals, with nectar-bearing furrows at their base. Stamens. - Six. Pistil. - One, with three-lobed stigma.
Plate LXXX. Wood Lily. - L. Philadelphicum
Here and there in the shadowy woods is a vivid dash of color made by some wild red lily which has caught a stray sunbeam in its glowing cup. The purple spots on its sepals guide the greedy bee to the nectar at their base; we too can take the hint and reap a sweet reward if we will, after which we are more in sympathy with those eager, humming bees.
This erect, deep-hued flower is so different from its nodding sister of the meadows, that we wonder that the two should be so often confused. When seen away from its surroundings it has less charm perhaps than either the yellow or the Turk's-cap lily; but when it rears itself in the cool depths of its woodland home we feel the uniqueness of its beauty.