Monday, June 17, 2013

Lilium tsingtauense

This handsome Korean lily was grown from seed obtained through the North American Lily Society seed exchange. For several reasons it’s one of my favorites. It emerges early, and the developing foliage has the sort of watered silk pattern seen in some trilliums. The tepals of the flower have a lacquered quality. The color of the flowers is almost an exact match of the color of tawny daylily (and the two bloom together), yet the shiny surface of the lily flowers makes them seem brighter.

This lily does well in this area, yet it has never been common in our gardens and remains a specialist’s plant. It’s easy from seed, but keep in mind that when it comes to raising lilies from seed, easy does not always mean fast. Several years will probably elapse before it blooms from seed.  

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