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Friday, June 08, 2007

WV's other state flower...

With all due respect to the Rhododendron, my personal favorite wild-growing flower in West Virginia are those orange lilies that you see all along state highways from late spring to early summer. Folks usually call them tiger lilies, but I think that they are actually Carolina lilies (if anyone knows for sure, please clue me in). Here are a couple of photos that I snapped today while traveling about:




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5 Comments:

Blogger Rebecca said...

I don't know for sure what the real name is, but those have always been one of my favorites! I've often debating finding a totally overgrown patch of the them, sneaking out to them in the night, and digging some up to plant in my garden...

It should be no big deal, I mean, they are everywhere....right?

Saturday, June 09, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

As long as the property is seemingly unused, they are growing there wild, and you don't take all of them, you should be in the clear.

Alternatively, you could stalka patch of them and gather the seeds later in the year.

But yeah, they are borderline weeds in most of the state.

Saturday, June 09, 2007  
Blogger muzeuterpe1 said...

Those things are pretty agressive. You may want to think again before dropping them in your flower garden.

Also -- I think they are actually daylillies, least that's what Grandma called them. Here is a link for more information ...

http://www.daylilies.org/AHSfaq1.html#whatis

Where did daylilies originate?
The genus Hemerocallis is native to the countries in the temperate parts of Asia Japan, Siberia, Korea, China, and Eurasia. Since the early 1930s, hybridizers in the United States and England have made great improvements in daylilies. Originally, the only colors were yellow, orange, and fulvous red. Today, we have colors ranging from near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true-blue, and fabulous blends. Many people are familiar with only the common yellow or orange daylilies which are often seen along roadsides. These daylilies are cultivated forms of the wild types of daylilies which have "escaped" and are growing as if they are wild. All the modern daylilies have been developed through a complicated history of hybridization among these and other wild types.

Seems WV has a bunch of plants that orginiated in Japan that are taking over. Multiflora rose, Autumn Olive, Japanese honeysuckle, this daylillie, and others.

Monday, June 11, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Considering that our landlord is perfectly content to let our back yard fill fence line up with aggressive weeds, it might as well be these guys instead of ugly sawgrass or toxic morning glory.

Maybe we should sneek a bunch of mountain laurel and ramps over to Japan as a way to say "thank you/F you." Muze, wanna pool our frequent flier miles? I have enough to get 50% off 1 hour of parking at Tristate Airport. Can you cover the rest? :)

Monday, June 11, 2007  
Blogger muzeuterpe1 said...

Ummm let's see. I have a 2007 once cent coin, some used gum, a binder clip, and duct tape! With a little McGyver ingenuity we're in!

Monday, June 11, 2007  

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