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'L. szovitsianum' (Species or Wild Lily)
Native to wooded clearing and subalpine zones of Transcaucasia and the southern shores of the Black Sea, Lilium szovitsianum is equally at home in the garden when provided with its needs as is Lilium monadelphum . Carrying a strong fragrance, these pendant flowers are straw yellow in color and occasionally have a few spots. Requiring a well drained but heavy soil, they dislike being moved. We have never grown or flowered this species but expect it to be no more difficult than Lilium monadelphum. Title photo as well as photo insert #1 courtesy of Dr. Fritz Ewald.
Photo inset #2 was flowered by Boyd Kline in the late 1940's and labeled as L. szovitsianum wilmottis, named in honor of the notable English plant collector Ellen Willmott. Photo provided by 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