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Lily Bulb - 'L. martagon var. cattaniae' (Species or Wild Lily)
One of the most beautiful as well as darkest flowers, deep maroon, our photo example here was courtesy of Dr. Fritz Ewald. Reported to be more vigorous than the "type" or pink form, we have never tried this species and so can not report personally. Should a reader of this have a better photo representing the true beauty of this variant, please feel free to submit along with your experiences with this species.
The photo inset is of a beautifully grown stem of L. martagon provided by Gene Mirro. We don't know if this is a species or a hybrid. Gene reported it came to him in a packet of seed marked L. mackliniae.
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