Western Wood Lily

The Western Wood Lily (lilium philadelphicum) grows in dry areas throughout western to mid-western North America. It is occasionally misidentified as a Tiger Lily, which, while similar in colour and form, has a nodding head, while the Wood Lily is upright on its stem. Brightly coloured and hard to resist, it is disturbed by picking and the plant will often die. Blackfoot Indians ate the bulbs whole or in soups. The Iroquois used the plant as a love medicine. Today, some herbalists sell the essence as a potion that is supposed to allow a person who has been betrayed to regain the ability to feel and express healthy and positive anger.

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