Tiger lily

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Lilium lancifolium Thunb.

Common name(s): tiger lily, lance-leaved tiger lily

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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-flowers face downward with reflexed petals

-hairy stems

-alternate leaves

-orange petals with purple dots

-blooms July-August

-may be confused with L. superbum; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


-mostly cultivated

-can be found in wood lands and fields

Natural History:

-used in Korea and China traditionally to treat

  • bronchitis, pneumonia, and other pulmonary ailments.



Lee, E., Yun, N., Jang, Y. P., & Kim, J. (2013). Lilium lancifolium thunb. extract attenuates pulmonary inflammation and air space enlargement in a cigarette smoke-exposed mouse model. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 149(1), 148-156. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2013.06.014

Wisconson State Herbarium. “ Lilium Lancifolium Thunb.” Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin – Lilium Lancifolium, wisflora.herbarium.wisc.edu/taxa/index.php?taxon=9022.