Thursday, June 11, 2009

Don't confuse your tigers and ditches

I had always known the bright orange day lily that you see many places in the south as the "tiger lily."

Actually, this lily is a common wildflower that is often confused with the oriental tiger lily. The patch of lilies you are looking at near the entrance to our place in Deerfield is more properly known as a "ditch lily."

It defers from the tiger lily because it propagates by means of tuberous roots instead of bulbs.

Ditch lilies prefer wet soil which is the reason you see them along ditches. They grow in any type soil and need no fertilizer or tending. My kind of flower.

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