Species lilies & other liliaceae

What you will find here are species lilies grouped by region. Related species are grouped close to each other instead of being listed alphabetically. Wherever possible, an idea of the diversity within a species will be represented.Click on an image to enlarge.

For photos related to the current Seed List, please go to the Seed List Photo Library.

European & Caucasian species – listed in approximate geographical distribution West to East

Eastern North American species

Variation in wild populations is not always apparent to gardeners. The following is a selection of photos of L michiganense taken by Patrck Brown in Midland County, Michigan which illustrates something of the range of form, colour of tepals & spotting to be found within one area:

Western North American species

Sino-Himalayan species


Siberian, Japanese & other Asiatic species

Lilium dauricum… or Lilium maculatum ssp. dauricum …  is a particularly variable species in both colour & height but not in the size of the floret. The following photos are from the range of forms grown by Darm Crook.

“Species lily” photo credits: Alisdair Aird, Keith Baldie, George Battle, Patrick Brown, Freddy Byttebier, Darm Crook, Alain Denis,  Rimmer deVries, Leif Fransson, Mel Herbert, Gordon Hogensen, Raymond Hudson, Dick Kammer, Jennifer Kerry, Jurgen Koch, Charlie Kroell, Alan Mitchell, Joe Nemmer, Lane Spence, Shawn Stegent, Martin Toon, Sonam Wangchen, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones


Other Liliaceae


Erythronium photo credits: Susan Band, George Battle, Göte Svanholm, David Thrun


Fritillaria photo credits: Duncan Coombs, George Battle, Tony Dixon

Nomocharis and Cardiocrinum: plants photographed in Yunnan by Alan Mitchell. 

Tulipa photographs by Oron Peri

 All photographs are copyright © their owners and used here with permission.