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'L. callosum' (Lilium)
A late flowering species, Lilium callosum was discovered by Mr. Henry in the Tangtse gorges. Having perhaps the widest range of any the Asian species, bulbs of Lilium callosum are rarely found in commerce. An excellent candidate for well drained rock gardens, the small nickel sized brick to orange-red turk's cap flowers carry a delightful fragrance and seems to be rather resistant to virus infection. Easily grown from seed. Sorry, we have been unable to locate our close up photo, there are thousands of slides yet to go through. Shown is an old, early 1960's photo provided by Ed McRae many years ago.
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