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'L. umbellatum' (Lilium)
Lilium bulbiferum 'Umbellatum' was a selection made in the mid 1800's in Australia. Our original stock came from Mr. Moto Shimizu of Japan in 1980. We worked with 'Umbellatum' for 5 or 6 years and though a strong grower in itself, it was not giving us any promising results in hybridizing, either as a pollen or seed parent and so was discontinued.
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