Something About Tiger Lilies


There’s something about old-fashioned tiger lilies that pulls at my heart strings.


My first memories of the flower are from about age 8 or so. Near my grandmother’s house, there was a wild unkempt border of them along a country road. Oddly, that vision has stayed with me all these years.


They are so bright and cheerful, creating beauty just about anywhere.


Even when the world around them is falling apart, they are resilient, flourishing without regard. I find them more charming in random, unexpected places than in carefully manicured gardens.


Orange tiger lilies. They always catch my eye and make me smile.

Note: I have had many people contact me to point out that what I think of as a tiger lily (because it’s orange?) is a day lily. Thank you for point out my error – although I’m not sure I’ll ever get the “tiger lily” phase out of my mind. Maybe if I had some true tiger lilies?

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5 Responses to Something About Tiger Lilies

  1. Helen says:

    I so agree with you! They are happy perfect flowers and brighten spots wherever they are. They require no care and are filled with color and beauty. I feel the same about Queen Anne’s Lace. Together they make a special August bouquet.

  2. Donna says:

    These are not tiger lilies, but are called daylilies. They are beautiful and come in many colors. Tiger lilies only come in orange and look much different. They grow from an onion-like bulb and daylilies grow from little tubers.

    • Susan says:

      So noted! Although I think the phrase “tiger lily” will always stick in my mind since that’s what we always called them. I did look up “tiger lily” and I want some!

  3. Lisa Ludlow says:

    my sister sent me some bare roots when we first moved to Mississippi several years ago. They were from my mother’s house. They are still going strong only they bloom in late May and early June maybe till 4th of July. Seems to me that the wild chicory would bloom about the same time as the lilies up North. I never would have picked those colors together but God did. It came out wonderful. 🙂

  4. vicki engstrom says:

    Hi. Your photos are very nice.Just a clarification. The pictures you have shown are actually what is called day lilies. These are the common roadside wild variety from which the thousands of hybrid day lilies have been created. They are called”Hemerocallis”True lilies come from an onion-like bulb. These include star gazers, tiger lilies,Japanese lilies, etc. Botanically they are called “Lilium” Tiger lilies are the ones with the brown spots on the petals which curve back almost to the stem and are sometimes called Turk’s Cap lilies because they resemble the hats that The Turkish riders wore.

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