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Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

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“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”
~Mikhail Baryshnikov
Day lily along the road in Westbrookville, New York, USA. Kodak Z981 set on super macro, shutter priority, Raw format, ISO 64

Also known as the Orange Day lily this wildflower is in the Lily family.
It rises from sword-like basal leaves, is a leafless stalk bearing several orange funnel-shaped flowers, of about 3 1/2" wide; 3 net-veined, petal-like, erect sepals and 3 net-veined, erect petals with wavy margins; stamens 6.
The leaves are about 1-3’ long; narrow, channeled, shorter than the floral stem, with a height of about 2-4’.
It flowers May-July, along roadsides, in meadows, and borders.
The day lily grows throughout the East, except Prairie Provinces and Newfoundland; and is scattered in West.
This native of Eurasia was introduced to our gardens and has escaped from cultivation. Apparently a hybrid, it does not set fertile seed but reproduces vegetatively from the roots. Each flower lasts only one day. Every part of the plant is mild and edible, but the flower buds taste like green beans when cooked and served with butter.

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