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Lily Bulb - 'L. kelleyanum' (Species or Wild Lily)
Named for the San Francisco naturalist Lynwood Kelley, L. kelleyanum is a native to the California Sierra Nevada's growing in damp but well drained locations. Similar in cultivation to L. pardalinum, stems can reach as much as 7 feet with 50 or more blooms. L. kelleyanum was known in that past as L. nevadense as well as L. pardalinum var. nevadense.
This July bloomer is not difficult to grow (if you can obtain seed), the bulbs must remain moist while the foliage is kept dry in an acidic loam mixture with plenty of humus. Enjoys some light pm shade.
We thank Joseph Nemmer for his contribution of his photo of L. kelleyanum as flowered in 2006.
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