India Shot Lily: FOTD Apr 19, 2023

I love this stage of the lily as much as the fully flowered version which may be seen HERE  along with an explanation of why it is called an India Shot lily!

For a short version: This Canna is famously called Indian Shot. The story is that during an uprising in India, those loyal to the British were running out of ammunition. So they filled the barrels of their rifles with canna seed. The rock hard, perfectly round seed was used as a substitute for lead shot in muzzle loading guns. Hence the name Indian Shot. The plant also has medicinal value. The roots are sweet and edible and the leaves may be used as an outer wrap for tamales. The seeds are used in percussion instruments.

For Cee’s FOTD

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