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'Silk Road' aka 'Friso' - Orienpet Hybrid Lily Bulb
Flower Description: Here is ‘Silk Road’, another lily with a controversial history which is why we at B&D Lilies have held back on offering this lily for so many years, but now that it is coming out of Holland, under even a different name, it is time to harvest our bulbs.
We believe this lily was actually bred in Canada by Wilbert Ronald and Lynn Collicut while working at the Mordon Research Facility in Manitoba. For years, debate has raged among members of the North American Lily Society including discussions on how to do genetic testing to prove who it really belongs to. Much like ‘Scheherazade’ bred by our dear friend, the late LeVern Frieman, that debate was finally set to rest with the book by the late Edward McRae attesting to the fact that LeVern indeed was the breeder. Someday the ‘Silk Road’ debate will also be put to rest.
Then along comes ‘Friso’ out of Holland. Grown side by side with the others, there is no difference, at least none we can see. The original Canadian name is registered and not knowing the proper form for using a name registered by another, will for now go with ‘Silk Road’. For this we do apologize to Wilbert and Lynn and at the time we get a final ok for use of their registration, will change it.
‘Silk Road’ develops a large flower, actually about average for an Orienpet, with a white base color that deepens to near crimson pink in the flower centers and just a kiss of yellow at the very center. Mature plants will produce secondary buds for extended bloom. Unlike some of the dutch catalogs that talk about re-bloomers, there are none in the lily world as there are with daylilies, but still, mature plants will often give you a full month of flowering pleasure in the garden. Can reach 6 feet or more when happy and being fed, expect a more modest 4 feet in the second year of planting. Mid to Late July blooming. Fragrant.
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Bulb Size - Our standard for bulbs of this lily cultivar ranges from Premium-size» (16/18 cm) to Exhibition-size» (over 20 cm). Click here for details.
Classification: Oriental-Trumpet Hybrid (USDA Zones 5-9, colder climates w/winter mulch.)
Stock # 9910 - 'Silk Road' Orienpet Lily Bulb
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