Glacier lily


One of the first flowers to grow in the spring is the glacier lily. It is often to be seen growing on the edge of a retreating band of snow where the ground becomes very moist. It is mainly pollinated by bumble bees and its bulb is eaten by bears and the foliage by deer.

A conventional view of the glacier lily. Photo by Cynthia Fraser.

A view of a flower from underneath.


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4 Responses to Glacier lily

  1. Margo Saunders says:

    So, the people on the prairies can expect to see them along the 4th parallel?
    Heh, heh.

  2. Margo Saunders says:

    That should be 49th…eek

  3. Karen Pidcock says:

    Wildflower friends on N. Kootenay L. have said they’ve seen very few so far this spring. So lovely and welcome they are!

    • Karen Pidccok says:

      But…today was a red letter birding day…after hearing for 2 or 3 weeks the whistling calls of the Varied Thrush…a flock appeared down on the earth out of the forest to be enjoyed…I wondered what caused their sudden appearance?

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