Quiz: Which Ones Are Lilies?

Day lily (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Last weekend we learned about a member of the Lily family called false hellebore. Today, a quiz.

All of these flowers have the word “lily” in their names but not all of them are in the Lily family (Lilieae). Can you point out the true lilies?

  1. Day lily, above
  2. Canada lily, below.
Canada lily, Raccoon Creek State Park, July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)

3. Cala lily

Cala lily (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

4. Trout lily.

Trout lily (photo by Kate St. John)

5. Lily of the Valley

Lily of the valley (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

6. Bluebead lily (Clintonia)

Clintonia borealis (yellow blue-bead lily), Ashford, CT (photo by Doug McGrady, Creative Commons license on Flickr)

Leave a comment with your answer. Later today I’ll put the answers in a comment of my own.

(photos by Kate St. John, Doug McGrady Creative Commons license on Flickr, and from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the captions to see the originals)

4 thoughts on “Quiz: Which Ones Are Lilies?

  1. Canada Lily is a true Lily.
    Day lily, Calla lily, trout lily, and Lily of the Valley are not.
    I don’t know about Bluebead lily, but I guess they are not true lilies.

  2. Yellow trout lily, Bluebead lily, and Canada lily are all in the liliaceae family. Day lily used to be, but got kicked out. Definitely not Calla or Lily of the valley.
    What’s the definition of true lily?

  3. Anything in the genus Lilium is a true lily. They all grow from bulbs. Only Canada lily is a true lily in this batch.

  4. Answer: Among the comments above, Dianne Machesney & Tom Brown are right. The Canada Lily is the only true Lily. Trout Lily and Bluebead Lily are in the larger Lily family but are not true lilies.

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