Coral lily (Lilium pumilum)

Dmitry Poltavsky - Lilium pumilum

Dmitry Poltavsky - Lilium pumilum

Commonly known as Coral lily (or Low lily), Lilium pumilum is an Asian species of bulbous plants native to Mongolia, Siberia, the Russian Far East, Korea and northern China. Named pumilum (dwarf in Latin) for its small size, compared to other lilies. Lily bulbs are widely cultivated for food in Asia especially in China, Korea and Japan. In China they are grown in both the northern and central regions. Although there are many species of lily with edible bulbs, the ones most commonly grown for food in China are Lilium dauricum and Lilium pumilum. In addition to being used as a food item, lily bulbs have many medicinal uses. Most commonly they are used as an ingredient to make expectorant, which can help relieve symptoms of coughing, asthma or lung congestion.