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'L. wilsonii' (Species or Wild Lily)
Considered by Japanese botanist Moto Shimizu as being a variation of Lilium maculatum at one time, Lilium wilsonii does bloom true from seed with each generation indicating a true species. For us, it bloomes earlier than Lilium maculatum and is of shorter stature. This photo with butterfly was shot on a day when temperatures were in the mid 90's in a bed of Lilium wilsonii being grown by Ed McRae at Lava Rock Nursery in 2006. There were hundreds of butterflies working the flowers that day as it was the only moisture available, many fighting with each other unwilling to share a single bloom.
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