Thursday, June 16, 2011

Canada - "Prairie Lily"

Saskatchewan's Floral Emblem - Western Red Lili "Prairie Lily".

Sent by Sarah, a postcrosser from Canada.

This is from Wikipedia : Lilium philadelphicum, also known as the Wood Lily, Philadelphia Lily, Prairie Lily or Western Red Lily, is a perennial species of lily native to North America. It is widely distributed across North America, found in all Canadian provinces except the Maritimes, as well as in most eastern and central states.

This lily grows to a height of approximately 30 to 90 centimeters, and produces red or orange blooms between June and August.

A variant of the species, the Western Red Lily (L. philadelphicum andinum) was designated Saskatchewan's floral emblem in 1941. It is featured on the flag of Saskatchewan.

The wood lily is listed as endangered in Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee and North Carolina. Its status is "threatened" in Kentucky and Ohio. In Saskatchewan, the flower is protected under the Provincial Emblems and Honours Act, meaning it cannot be picked, uprooted or destroyed in any way.

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