Family, Lily. Color, deep, reddish orange, with darker, brownish-red spots inside. Flowers, 1 to 3, more often single, erect, the 6 equal segments of the perianth narrowed into claws, spreading but not drooping backward. Stamens, 6, prominent, with anthers hung in the middle. Style, long, showing above the stamens, with, when ripe, a 3-lobed stigma. Capsules, large, 2 inches long, filled with many seeds. Leaves, long, narrow, whorled on the stem or scattered below. A simple, stout stem arises from a scaly bulb, bearing the flowers in June and July.
In dry, open woods, or along the borders of thickets in sandy soil. A strikingly handsome lily, 3 or 4 inches long, of fine, rich color, making solid pretensions to elegance. Every one who sees it growing in the woods is seized with an intense desire to pick the entire stem, often dragging up the bulb - a sure way to exterminate this queen of the woods. (See illustration, p. 151.)
Wild Orange-Red Lily. Wood Lily. (Lilium philadelphicum)