En EspaŅol
Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Mr. Smarty Plants - Native bulbs for the northeastern U. S.

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
2 ratings

Friday - November 23, 2007

From: Valhalla, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Propagation
Title: Native bulbs for the northeastern U. S.
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What native bulbs could we plant in the Northeast? Can they only be planted in the fall as Dutch bulbs are?

ANSWER:

There are several beautiful plants in the Family Liliaceae (Lily Family) that are native to the northeastern U. S. and are propagated by bulbs. The bulbs, like the Dutch bulbs, should be planted early to mid-fall. Since we are a little past mid-autumn, it would be a good idea to get them in the ground right away. They can also be propagated by seeds and bulb scales but they won't be ready to bloom for several years.

You can read an in-depth article about care and propagation of the four lilies listed below, Native Lilies of the Old Field Garden by Philip Fry from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada of the the North American Native Plant Society.

You can also find more information about propagating lilies from bulb scales and seeds.

Here are four beautiful bulb plants native to the Northeast:

Lilium canadense (Canada lily) (and specific care and propagation information.)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)

Lilium philadelphicum (wood lily) (and specific care and propagation information.)

Lilium superbum (turk's-cap lily (and specific care and propagation information.)

For nurseries and seed companies in your area that specialize in native plants, please visit our National Suppliers Directory.


Lilium canadense

Lilium philadelphicum

Lilium superbum

 


 

 

More Propagation Questions

Transplanting Eve's Necklace from Round Mountain TX
April 16, 2013 - We have dozens of small Eve's necklace plants coming up in our large yard. I would like to share them with my friends who aren't so lucky. Many years ago, I tried to transplant one, and it didn't...
view the full question and answer

Propagation of Blackfoot Daisy from Gonzales TX
March 25, 2011 - How do I propagate Melampodium leucanthum, blackfoot daisy?
view the full question and answer

Separate pups on Manfreda variegata in Tucson
July 20, 2009 - Can you tell me the best way to separate pups on a Manfreda variegata? The first ones we tried were very close to the main plant. Your help is appreciated.
view the full question and answer

Transplanting Indian Paintbrush in Corona CA
November 05, 2013 - I have a very mature Indian Paintbrush Plant that was becoming too large for the area I had originally planted it in, so I transplanted it to an area much more suited for its size. I reviewed the que...
view the full question and answer

Propagating Dakota vervain (Glandularia binpinnatifida)
August 07, 2008 - Dakota Vervain. We recently moved into a new house in Henly--Hays/Blanco county line. Mother nature was kind enough to provide us w/Dakota Vervain in some of our planting beds while we are getting...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center