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'L. pomponium' (Species or Wild Lily)
This European native can be found growing in the French Alps on steep south facing slopes in dry, limestone crags. The flowers are Turk's Cap in form and are a rich red lead color, marked with small, black spots. It can be cultivated as long as its needs for a well drained, heavy limy soil are met, but it is difficult. Be ready for numerous setbacks, this is a trial and error lily.
Photo inset #1 is of a well grown stem with our native 'Oregon Grape' (Mahonia aquifolium) in the background.
Photo inset #2 is of a small "stand" photographed and contributed by Dr. Fritz Ewald.
Photo inset #3 is of a deeper red form of L. pomponium as flowered and photographed by Gene Mirro in June of 2012.
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