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Longiflorum - Asiatic Hybrids / Longiflorum - Oriental Hybrids (LA Hybrids)
Classification: Longiflorum-Asiatic Hybrid Lily (USDA Zones 3-10, lows to -40° F.)
These hardy, easy to grow hybrids derived from crosses between L. longiflorum (Easter Lily) and the more familiar Asiatics, Orientals, and lilium species add a wide splash of color between your Asiatic and Trumpet bloom times. Found in nearly as wide a range of color as the Asiatics (no near blacks yet) their petal texture is much heavier for extended bloom time. They multiply well and bulbs left undisturbed for two or three years often reach 10 to 12 inches in circumference or more. They all carry a light, pleasing fragrance.
For more information on the birth and development of
the LA Hybrids, click here.
Included in this section are several of the new selections of crosses between L. longiflorum and Oriental Lilies (LO Hybrids) for USDA Zones 4-10. This new division of lilies favors the white and pink shades and it will be years yet before they have the color range of the 'LA' Hybrids. Treat them as you would any Oriental Hybrid. All originally bred in Holland, these varieties all came through with flying colors in our Multi-zone garden trials.
Bulb size: Most are five to six inches in circumference, all Asiatic lily bulbs sold by B&D Lilies are of mature, blooming size. Breeding background and weather conditions from year to year will greatly influence the bulb size at harvest, some cultivars will always be larger than others at maturity.
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