September & October are the blooming months for the beautiful native Pine Lily, which can be seen in the dry prairie and other damp areas around Sarasota. This flower is a perennial secret kept from snowbirds because it would be very unusual to see it after the month of October. Most recently, I have seen pine lilies along the trail to Bee Island in the dry prairie.
Lilium catesbaei, sometimes known as Catesby's lily, pine lily, leopard lily, tiger lily, or southern-red lily is a native of Florida and the coastal regions of the American Southeast, where it usually grows in damp areas from Louisiana to Virginia.
Lilium catesbaei requires hot, wet, acidic soil inhospitable to most other lily species. Producing a single flower, it generally blooms late in the year. The flower is upright with 6 tepals (petals and sepals that look very similar). The tepals are curved backward and are orange toward the tip, yellow and purple-spotted toward the base.
- Deer Prairie Creek Preserve in Florida, notable for Lilium catesbaei
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- Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
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- Flora of North America Vol. 26 Page 179 Pine lily, Lilium catesbaei Walter, Fl. Carol. 123. 1788.