love the colours finally bloomed today Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large, prominent flowers. They comprise a genus of about 110 species in the lily family Liliaceae. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics.Lilies form an important group of flowering garden plants and are important in culture and literature in much of the world. A few species are sometimes grown or harvested for the edible bulbs.The species in genus Lilium are true lilies. Many other plants have “lily” in their common names, some of which are quite unrelated to true lilies. these had already bloomed in town last week, mine finally today As with the up-facing Thunberg's lily, the tiger lily was also documented by the Swedish botanist, Dr. Carl Peter Thunberg. He visited Japan in 1776 and undoubtedly found specimens growing there. The tiger lily was actually known by the German botanist Engelbert Kaempfer as early as 1692, but as this preceded the binomial plant naming system devised by Linnaeus, whatever Latin name he used is not recognized today. Even today, many still prefer to use the name L. tigrinum, a close match to the common name known to practically anyone in Canada, gardener or not. Ker-Gawl is an abbreviation for a botanist who was first known as John Gawler, and later John Bellenden Ker or John Ker Bellenden. He lived from 1764-1842. The tiger lily was introduced to Kew Gardens in 1804 by William Keff who obtained bulbs from Canton, China.