Field lilies grow along the roads of central Illinois in swaths of orange blooms. They are a free-ranging perennial bulb producing cheerful blooms. In comparison with my oriental lilies they are not as large or spectacular but I love them none-the-less. I do not think they are indigenous to our state. I first dug mine from along an old road outside Groveland, the site of an early homestead. Other large roadside beds seem to harken from early farmsteads or deserted foundations. At one time they were planted by pioneers. Now they belong to everyone.
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