En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

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

Storing seed from Pickerel weed
October 28, 2005 - What's the best method to store seed from Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) and Arrowhead (Sagattaria latifolia)? Should it be kept wet?
view the full question and answer

Cold stratification of Rudbeckcia maxima from Birdeye AR
August 08, 2013 - How long do I cold stratify Rudbeckia maxima seeds that I wild harvested? Can I put them in the freezer instead of fridge? Do I need to make sure they are completely dry before cold strat?
view the full question and answer

Plants that will grow under a magnolia tree.
April 14, 2010 - We live in California near San Diego and have a Magnolia Tree. We have tried to plant many types of flowers around the tree only to have them die. Is there a particular type of plant that we should ...
view the full question and answer

Coursetia axillaris from cuttings from Elmendorf TX
October 31, 2013 - I have been able to propagate the Coursetia axillaris (Texas Babybonnets) from cuttings. Will the plants grown from cuttings bloom faster?
view the full question and answer

Germination period for Snow Mountain beardtongue (Penstemon purpusii)
March 12, 2008 - Why is the germination period for the Snowmountain Beardtongue so long?. I understand it to be approximately 690 days.
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 | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center