Scientific name: Lilium philadelphicum
The blade of the leaf is
- elliptic (widest near the middle, tapering at the ends)
- linear (very narrow)
- oblanceolate (lance shaped with the widest point above the middle of the leaf blade
It is pollinated by Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, in particular!
Most often found in woodlands edges, hilltops, roadsides and utility rights-of-way in poor soils.
There are a few lilies which are native to New York. See the Canadian Lily photo below, as well as that of the very common, invasive Tiger Lily. The Tiger Lily originated in Asia and escaped into the wild.
Unfortunately, deer do eat these.
If you have a protected area, consider planting this native. Maybe over time it will return to our forests, if the deer population gets under control.
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