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Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily (Lilium lancifolium)

Lilium lancifolium, a lily native to Asia and the Russian far east, is an herbaceous flowering plant that starts from a bulb. It is also now established in eastern North America and has many successful varieties. It is distinguished by a bright orange flower with dark spots on petals that curl back to the base, and the dark, reproductive bulbils that grow at the base of its leaves. The bulbs generate clones of the plant they come from. Historically prized in the east for its edible bulbs, it is used as an ornamental garden plant in the west. A variety of extracts from Tiger Lily bulbs are being investigated for cancer cell suppression, promotion of beneficial gut biome, as well as the treatment of the effects of menopause, depression, and inflammation. (Lim, 2014)  

Latest Research

  • The impact of thermal pretreatment on phytochemical profiles and bioactivity of freeze-dried lily bulbs (Lilium lancifolium)
    by Yixi Cai on March 28, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Lily bulbs are susceptible to deterioration during storage if improperly handled. To resolve this problem, it is necessary to investigate suitable processing techniques. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of steaming, blanching and microwave pretreatment on freeze-dried lily bulbs in terms of color, phenolic content and bioactivity. Results showed that appropriate steaming and blanching pretreatment could contribute to product characteristics similar to those of freeze-dried lily…

  • Antiseizure effects of Lilii Bulbus on pentylenetetrazol kindling-induced seizures in mice: Involvement of Reelin, Netrin-1, and semaphorin
    by Hee Ra Park on March 9, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Lilii Bulbus (Lilium lancifolium Thunberg) has a proneurogenic effect on the hippocampus. However, its effects on epilepsy and associated pathological features remain unknown. In this study, we investigated the antiseizure effects of a water extract of Lilii Bulbus (WELB) in mouse model of pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-induced seizure. Mice were injected with PTZ once every 48 h until full kindling was achieved. WELB (100 and 500 mg/kg) was orally administered once daily before PTZ administration and…

  • Research progress on classical traditional Chinese medicine formula Baihe Zhimu (Lilium lancifolium bulb and Anemarrhena asphodeloides rhizome) decoction in the treatment of depression
    by Wenchao Pan on February 14, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Depression is considered to be an “emotional disease” in ancient books of traditional Chinese medicine. Its clinical features are similar to those of “Lily disease” in the ancient Chinese medicine book Synopsis of the Golden Chamber written by Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty. Baihe Zhimu (Lilium lancifolium bulb and Anemarrhena asphodeloides rhizome) decoction (LBRAD) is the first prescription of “Lily Disease” in this book. It is also a special remedy for “Lily disease” after sweating. The…

  • Four new steroidal glycosides from Lilium lancifolium Thunb. and their antitumor activity
    by Jing Zhou on January 3, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Four new steroidal glycosides (1-4), including two steroidal saponins named lililancifoloside B and C (1-2), one pregnane glycoside named lililancifoloside D (3), and one C22-steroidal lactone glycoside named lililancifoloside E (4), together with five known ones (5-9), were isolated from the bulbs of Lilium lancifolium Thunb. By using spectroscopic analysis, including 1D, 2D NMR, and HR-ESI-MS, the structures of 1-4 were elucidated. All isolates were tested for their cytotoxic potential against…

  • Aphid Resistance Evaluation and Constitutive Resistance Analysis of Eighteen Lilies
    by Huajin Shi on December 22, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Lilies (Lilium spp.) are famous bulb flowers worldwide, with high ornamental value. Aphid damage has seriously constrained the development of the lily industry. In this study, the aphid resistance of 16 lily cultivars and 2 wild lily species was characterized in the field and greenhouse. Leaf color parameters, stomatal density and size, thickness of leaf layers, leaf waxy content, and leaf water content were determined to explore the constitutive resistance of lilies. The results show that there…


Lim, T. K. (2014). Lilium lancifolium. In Edible Medicinal and Non Medicinal Plants: Volume 8, Flowers (pp. 215-220). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.