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Tiger Lily is a beautiful delicate Lily that produces bright orange trumpet-like blossoms with dark tiger spots and long attractive stamens. The orange flowers call your attention, even from a distance, especially when they are many. They would make a beautiful deer-resistant ornamental for any garden. These seeds were collected in Oregon and the species is wild in Western North America. Not to be confused with the Asian Tiger Lily, Lilium lancifolium, which is more commonly cultivated.

Tiger Lily – Lilium columbianum

Life cycle: Perennial / Ease of propagation: Difficult / Hardiness zone: 5-10 / Requires: Cold Stratification

Tiger Lily is a beautiful delicate Lily that produces bright orange trumpet-like blossoms with dark tiger spots and long attractive stamens. The orange flowers call your attention, even from a distance, especially when they are many. They would make a beautiful deer-resistant ornamental for any garden. These seeds were collected in Oregon and the species is wild in Western North America. Not to be confused with the Asian Tiger Lily, Lilium lancifolium, which is more commonly cultivated.

Tiger Lily is somewhat difficult to propagate by seed (see propagation notes), but once it is established it is easy to propagate the Lily clonally by digging up the bulbs in the autumn and dividing them. Tiger Lily bulbs look somewhat like garlic bulbs without the papery sheaths and can be divided in the same way by separating the scales and replanting or potting them. We find them growing on forest edges with dappled light or partial shade, in acidic clay soil where moisture is abundant. According to Plants for a Future Tiger Lily is adaptable to many soil types and a range of pH.

Native people prized the Tiger Lily’s bulb for its food value. The starchy bulbs are sweet and bitter. They were traditionally pit roasted for many hours or steamed to remove the much of bitterness and bring out the sweetness. The bulbs were also dried and ground. Drying the Tiger Lily bulb is said to bring out the sweetness.

We were able to sustainably harvest enough seeds to share but did not want to dig many roots from their wild habitat so we have not had the opportunity to try but a few nibbles, which were indeed sweet and bitter. I do believe that with roasting they will be delicious and so I am working on propagating my own supply of Lily bulbs to try as food (as well as produce more seed). Though not rare, the Tiger Lily is not as abundant as I imagine it once was in this region. Tiger Lily is a plant that likely responds well to cultivation and it can be dug for food in a way that leaves part of the bulb behind. The harvest and soil disturbance likely triggers new growth and bulb propagation.

“Raw bulbs can be eaten immediately after they are harvested, but they have a bitter flavor. Traditionally, they are processed by some combination of leaving them to wilt in the sun for a few days, steaming, soaking, pit cooking, sun drying, and/or storing the bulbs for several months fresh or cooked before the bulbs are eaten. Though no scientific analysis has been done on the bitter tasting tannins in Columbia Lilies, I am willing to bet that the various methods of preparing Columbia Lilies help to reduce the tannin concentrations and sweeten the carbohydrates. When interviewed by Nancy Turner (et al 1990), Nlaka’pamux elder Louie Phillips noted that Columbia Lily bulbs were much more palatable after they were pit cooked, and even described the flavor as sweet—“like chocolates.”
– T. Abe Lloyd, Beautiful Bitter-ish Columbia Lily

Sowing Instructions

“Seed – autumnal hypogeal germination[130]. Best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in spring[163]. Stored seed will require a warm/cold/warm cycle of stratification, each period being about 2 months long[163]. Grow on in cool shady conditions. Great care should be taken in pricking out the young seedlings, many people leave them in the seed pot until they die down at the end of their second years growth. This necessitates sowing the seed thinly and using a reasonably fertile sowing medium. The plants will also require regular feeding when in growth.”
Plants For A Future

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