The Tiger Lily gets its name from the large, fiery orange flowers covered by spots. The flowers of this perennial can grow up to three inches in width. The Tiger Lily is also known as the ‘Ditch Lily’ as it is found in and around ditches in large parts of America.
The Tiger Lily has a strong, sweet and distinctively lily smell. Besides producing a stunning spectacle, most parts of this plant are edible. There are two varieties of the Tiger Lily: The Oriental Variety: Propagates through bulbs that form at leaf axils. The Common Wildflower Variety: Propagates by tuberous roots.
The Tiger Lily is known by a host of different names in different parts of the world. Some of the synonyms are: Lilium tigrinum, Devil Lily, Kentan, Lilium lancifolium, Leopard Lily, Pine Lily, Lilium catesbaei, Columbia lily, Oregon Lily, Western Wood Lily, Chalice-Cup Lily, Western Red Lily, etc.
There is a superstition that smelling Tiger Lily will give you freckles. The Tiger Lily stands for wealth and prosperity.