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'L. amabile luteum' (Species or Wild Lily)
The golden yellow variant of Lilium amabile is believed to be a recessive mutant of the type. It is reported that this species first appeared in Holland from wild collected seed. Yellow forms crossed amongst the group will continue producing yellows.
Photo inset #1 is the Asiatic Hybrid 'Ignacio' bred by the late Don Egger, selected and introduced by B & D Lilies in the late 1990's.
Photo inset #2 is of a bed of 'Harlequin Hybrids' that were bred out of the De Graaff 'Mid Century' hybrids of which 'Enchantment' is the best known. Derek Fox of England in his book 'Lilies' said when looking as L. amabile var. luteum for breeding that it was this species that provided the yellow shades in the 'Mid Century' selections. Eddie McRae wrote the 'Harlequin Hybrids' were also a result of 'Edith Cecila' and 'Lemon Queen'. This photo was taken by Herman Wall sometime in the mid to late 1950's. Mr. Wall did much of the photography for the old Oregon Bulb Farms and this photo was provided by Eddie McRae back in the early 1980's for use in one of our catalogs.
As with so many others we have met over the years with B & D Lilies, I (Bob) am personally indebted to Mr. Wall for all the time he freely gave me in instructions and examples on how to "properly" photograph lilies. Herman was a genus behind the lens and could always been seen lugging around several large format cameras. I have to wonder what he would think today concerning digital.
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