Lilium philadelphicum - Wood Lily

Phylum: Anthophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Liliales - Family: Liliaceae

Wood Lily

Above: Wood Lily growing beside a stream in Rocky Mountain National Park

This lily has many names throughout the USA including Red Lily, Rocky Mountain Lily and others. It is now rare due to grazing and picking. If you are lucky enough to find this lovely flower please do not pick it - take a photograpah and leave it for others to enjoy year after year.

Growing up to a couple of feet tall, this flower is a stunning sight when you find in the damp meadows of the Rockies. It is particularly fond of stream banks which is where we mainly found it in Rocky Mountain National Park. It also occurs in Yellowstone National Park and many places in between the two.

Wood Lily blooms in late summer - July onwards.

The specimen shown on this page was photographed in Rocky Mountain National Park in late August.