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Lily Bulb - 'Chengdu' (OA)
A new variety that finished field trials this summer - 'Chengdu' is an Oriental-Asiatic (OA) lily that behaves like an Asiatic lily in growth and shape, but with the heavy petal substance of an Oriental. Individual petals are like big red strawberries, with little black speckles (just like the fruit), an easy-care nature and like Oriental lilies - raised "starfish" like papillae in the petal centers. No fragrance but the long-lasting qualities of the flowers mean a longer bloomtime and the "fuzzy" buds are a bit more protection against light hail damaging the flowers during late spring storms. 3 to 4 feet. Late June/July bloom.
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base