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It’s Day Lily Time June 20, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Edible Plants, Nature, Wild Flowers.

Day Lilies aren’t native to Iowa, but they grow wild and add a lot of color to our roadsides. This lily was the first of the summer. I photographed it the first week of June along the nature trail that heads down from the lookout at the Port Louisa Refuge Headquarters.

Today they are in full bloom all over Louisa County and the path down to Lake Odessa is ablaze with orange.

Each flower blooms only a single day. Hence the name. But each day a sibling will replace it until the plant is done blooming.

I do find it curious that a flower that propagates primarily through it’s roots has been able to escape cultivation and spread widely in the Eastern U.S.

You may also be interested to know that every part of the Day Lily is edible, suggesting that the petals would make a lovely garnish. A mess of buds cooked in butter will taste much like green beens.

Enjoy them now through July.



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