In search of flowers in the Northeast

Category: Liliaceae

Lily Family: Liliaceae

This is a large family of showy monocots with flower parts in threes. Petals and sepals are usually identical in size and color and look like six petals, often referred to as tepals. Taxonomists have grappled with this group, lumping them together, then breaking them apart resulting in several lily-like families and subfamilies. Other lily-like plants, that didn’t make the Lily family, include trillium, hostas, crocus, amaryllis, lily of the valley, day lily, and iris. Members that did make it to the Lily family include Canada lily, twisted stalk, tulip, and bluebead lily.