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'L. taliense' (Lilium species or wild lily)
A difficult but striking alpine native of China, the Turk's Cap flowers of Lilium taliense vary from snow white with just a few purple spots to nearly black in heavily spotted specimens. Grown in abundance by Jan de Graaff and part of the parentage of his old 'Harlequin Hybrids' selected from his famous "Midcentury" lines. Though found in limestone soils in nature, it has grown well in neutral as well as slightly acidic soils.
Photo inset is of an exceptionally heavily spotted and highly distorted flower of Lilium taliense, grown by Ed McRae while at Oregon Bulb Farm.
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