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'L. speciosum var. album' (Lilium species or wild lily)
This variant of Lilium speciosum is beyond compare. Lightly fragrant, the pure white flowers are truly angelic in color and form. Light green nectary furrows grace the exceptionally beautiful form of these semi-pendant blooms. Flowering in late August in the Northwest, Lilium speciosum album is used by most gardeners to end the blooming season in the garden.
Photo inset #1 is a late 50's early 60's vintage photo of Mr. Photo Inset #1 F. M. Wilson in a field of his L. speciosum rubrum selection 'Lucy Wilson' near Puyallup, Washington. Photo provided by the late John Schaver, founder of Rex Lilies. Mr. Wilson also made the speciosum selections of 'Cinderella', and 'Grand Commander'. John Shaver once related to us his admiration for Mr. Wilson and the fact he "grew boxcar loads of his rubrums".
Photo Inset #2, very early Kline photo from Bill & Mary Hoffman of L. speciosum 'Album Novum', named by G. B. Mallet of the UK in 1901. This late 1940's photo may be the only visual example of this lily left.
Photo Insert #3 is of L. speciosum album 'Kraetzeri' as flowered, arranged, and photographed by Edgar Kline. Photo from Bill & Mary Hoffman.
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