Minnesota's Lily History

Welcoming European settlers to Minnesota were two lilium species. Lilium michiganense, the "Michigan Lily" and Lilium philadelphicum the "Wood Lily". One other species lily has since found a home here propagated by these early settlers. Lilium lancifolium or "Tiger Lily" is found in many Minnesota gardens and abandoned homesteads. Later Minnesota gardeners with a passion for lilies created their own hybrid varieties. The enthusiasm generated by their work was the basis for the beginning of the North Star Lily Society. We are proud of the work of Minnesota's lily hybridizing pioneers, and we are in the process of compiling information about our early and ongoing lily hybridizing history. We will be continually updating our site as we acquire more information about Minnesota's lily hybridizers.


Photographs courtesy:

The Lily Nook - L. philadelphicum
Jeff Stiller - L. michiganense
Barbara Sautner - 'Dandy Lion'