Lilium philadelphicum

Common name: Prairie Lily

Native plant

Although a small plant in stature, Prairie Lily has disproportionately large, dramatic blooms, up to 3 inches in diameter.  Blooms are deep orange to red and occur at the terminal end of the plant in clusters of about 3 flowers, sometimes as many as 5.  Bloom time is early to mid summer and lasts 3 to 5 weeks.  The flowers attract a range of pollinators, including many butterflies and hummingbirds.  Prairie Lily has become rare in Illinois, and populations continue to decline, making this an important species in restoration.


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Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 4
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
8 Inches
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
1 Feet

Additional information

Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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