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'L. papilliferum' (Species or Wild Lily)
Found growing in the limestone soils of the mountainous Yunnan, Lilium papilliferum is as uniquely colored as it is difficult to cultivate. The small, dark purple, reflexed flowers are borne atop 2 foot stems. On one of many visits to the old Oregon Bulb Farm, we were greeted by an almost giddy Ed McRae who could not wait to show us this single bloom. The timing of our arrival was perfect as this flower was in its prime. As can be seen on close inspection, Ed had pollinated his prize with its own pollen, hoping it would self fertile. This was the only bloom for the season.
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