Pine Lily Facts
- The breathtaking Pine Lily remains a species of lily endemic to a rather small range of North America. It also goes by the name of the Tiger Lily or Catesby’s Lily.
- This particular variety of lily proved itself adaptable, by evolving to inhabit environments normally inhospitable to most types of lilies.
- The Pine Lily typically blooms from late Summer into Fall, yet its exact blooming season is dependent upon its geographical location.
- Rather astonishingly, despite its extremely limited habitat range, the IUCN has not yet placed the Pine Lily on its Red List of Threatened Species.
- Given its particular situation, climate change and habitat loss, typically due to an increased human presence, pose the greatest threats to its existence.
Pine Lily Physical Characteristics
The flowers of the gorgeous Pine Lily rank as the largest of any lily species in North America. These commonly reach a diameter of as much as 6 in (15 cm).
The stems develop as quite long and slender, and each stem produces a single flower only.
The leaves of the flower develop rather small and relatively few in number. The petals generally display an orange-red at the tips. This changes to yellowish, with purple spots toward the base of the petal.
Fascinatingly, this species is also primarily pollinated by a native species of swallowtail butterfly.
Species: L. catesbaei
Pine Lily Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The visually stunning Pine Lily evolved as endemic to the coastal regions of the southeastern portion of the United States. Its range extends roughly along the east coast, from Alabama to Virginia.
The species also seems to be most prevalent in the state of Florida.
This variety of lily also typically prefers very damp areas and requires a specific environment to thrive. This includes warm temperatures, high humidity, and acidic soil conditions.
Although the Pine Lily requires warmth, it does not tolerate direct sunlight well. This plant also commonly appears in pine woods or savannas throughout its endemic range.