Tiger lily, Lilium lancifolium

The Tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium or Tigerlily) is a large and spectacular flower which is also cultivated in Asia for its edible bulb.

Like other true lilies, the flowers are borne on an erect stem with linear leaves.

The American ‘red lily’ or ‘wild lily’ (Lilium philadelphicum) is also sometimes known as the ‘tiger lily’ because of its black spotted flowers. This lily also has an edible bulb and was eaten by the American Indians.

Lilium columbianum from the Pacific Northwest is generally called a “tiger lily”, but is alternately called the “Oregon lily” or “Columbia lily”.

Some people mistakenly call the daylily, Hemerocallis, a tiger lily.