For those who love flowers, Tiger Lily is a type that will add warmth to your garden or home. It has a warm orange color making it stand out among other flowers of the kind. Tiger Lily has black spots on its petals probably suggesting its name. Other common names uses to describe this lily are Orange or Orange day lily, Ditch lily, Tawny day lily, and day lily.
Scientific names of the Tiger Lily include Lancifolium used to describe its sharp pointed leaves; Lilium columbianum the yellow in color and commonly grown in N. America; and lastly is the most common one known as Lilium lancifolium. Tiger lily can also be described by its species name Lilium tigrinum.
Tiger lily is used to cure symptoms such as neuralgic pain, acid leucorrhea, inflammation of the vagina, and nausea resulting from uterine-neuralgia during pregnancy. This type of lily also helps cure other conditions affecting women such as menopausal symptoms, fibroids, menstrual pain, and painful pelvis.
Among the health benefits of Tiger lily is the ability to curb chest pains, boils, sore throat, coughs, rectum and bladder disorders, venous circulation, and angina pectoris due its strong anti-inflammatory, expectorant and diuretic properties. Because of its distinctive pleasing scent, it was used by holistic healers to help calm or suppress aggressive behaviors or tendencies in people.
The plant is not only used for healing purposes but also as food. Most parts of Tiger lily are used as special ingredients in Asian menus. Its buds, shoots and roots are usually added to make hot and sour soup. The plant can be used while fresh or dried. To prepare them, soak the buds for about 20 to 30 minutes in warm water so as to soften them before cooking. Native Americans also use the bulbs and stems of Tiger lily as food not as a common food but a delicacy. When baked, they taste similar to potatoes.
Although we enjoy these few health benefits of Tiger lily, it can also be dangerous to our animals especially cats. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, in 2006 they managed a number of cases involving cats and lilies and found out that a variety of lilies including Tiger lily caused kidney failure in cats because of their high toxic levels 36-72 hours after consumption. The cat will start vomiting, and develop lack of appetite before dying. As a cat (pet) owner, do not include harmful plants in your garden for the safety of your pet(s).