Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Lily. A popular name applied to plants of several genera belonging to the order Liliaceae, but especially to the individuals constituting the genus Lilium. The true lilies are herbaceous, with scaly bulbous roots and conspicuous flowers, on account of which they are great favorites with the horticulturist, and are extensively cultivated. The tiger lily, with its showy yellow flowers, is a native of warm climates, and is peculiar in producing bulbs in the axils of the leaves and capable of independent growth. The white lily and the orange lily are also familiar under cultivation. The bulbs are rich in starch, and in some districts those of certain species are used as food.