Wood Lily, Lilium philadelphicum


Our wood lilies will be offered for sale for the first time in the spring of 2024. This slow growing plant can take up to three years to reach maturity, even in a greenhouse setting. Sign up for email notifications above to be the first notified when these amazing plants are ready for sale! Read about my first encounter with this special plant and my efforts in growing them here.

One of only two lilies native to Minnesota (the other being the Michigan lily), wood lily is a stunning resident of our remnant prairies. It can only be found on high-quality remnant prairies or on very mature reconstructions. If sown into a reconstruction one can expect to wait seven years or more before seeing your first blossom!

Also called prairie lily, western orange-cup lily, western red lily, this gorgeous flower can grow up to two feet in the right conditions, but more often stands at no more than a foot. Deer and rabbits love this plant, so you’ll want to keep it protected, but its deep orange blossoms will be sure to make every ounce of prevention worth the effort!

Life Cycle: Perennial
Size: 2 feet
Sun: Full, Partial
Soil: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Bloom Time: July, August
Advantages: Highly recommended for home gardens