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'L. henryi' (Species or Wild Lily)
Lilium Henryi can be quite variable in appearance. Shown are four flowers selected from the same seed cross of L. henryi x L. henryi, and coming all from the same pod.
Inset photo is of a new L. henryi x Oriental seedling. Considering that each “generation” when making hybrid crosses can be 4 to 5 years, to go from the flower colors and forms of L. henryi you see in the opening photo to this L. henryi hybrid selection can and usually does represent a human life span. When you see a new hybrid listed at $59.95 or more, consider the fact that the breeder could have 40 or more years of his/her life invested in that one lily alone. Broken down to $1.50 per year, for the breeder, that bulb is a real bargain.
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