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'L. pitkinense' (Species or Wild Lily)
Named for Sarah Ann Pitkin, owner of the property this lily was discovered on in 1952. Once carrying “species” status, it is more than likely a hybrid population as both in the Pitkin Marsh and in the cool greenhouse, they show a great deal of variation in height, flower color and size, as well as period of bloom. This photo was taken of a plant grown from seed collected in the Pitkin Marsh. L. pitkinense proved to be quite easy to grow in the cool greenhouse. We have not tried it in a garden setting.
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