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'L. bakerianum' (Species or Wild Lily)
A native to Burma and named for its discoverer, the English botanist John G. Baker, Lilium bakerianum has a wide distribution and is quite variable. Woodcock & Stearn's Lilies of the World groups it with at least five variants. Best suited to a cool greenhouse, in nature it has been found at elevations of 10,000 feet or more in the Himalayas where it flourishes. Bulbs rarely last more than two to three seasons under cultivation. The flowers are ivory-white to light yellow, flushed in green on the outside, and are heavily spotted in red-brown. They are pendant in form and are held on 2 to 3 foot stems. Stems can wander for two feet or more underground before emerging.
We thank Gene Mirro for his contribution of the beautiful profile and open throat photo views of this rare lily which he has flowered successfully. Decades old photo on blue background courtesy of Ed McRae, of the only stem ever to flower at the old De Graaff OBF facilities. We have never successfully flowered this rare beauty of nature and our hats are off to Gene for his success.
Photo inset #3 is from the collection of Bill and Mary Hoffman of L. bakerianum as grown by Edgar Kline. We expect the white base color is due to fading of the nearly 70 year old glass mounted slide. We include it here because of its historical importance.
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