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Lily Bulb - 'L. albanicum' (Species or Wild Lily)
Once considered a subspecies of L. carniolicum (RHS International Lily Register as well as Patrick Synge in his book 'Lilies 1980) and most recently in the McRae book 'Lilies' 1998 as a subspecies of L. pyrenaicum, Derek Fox of England in his book 'Growing Lilies, 1985, also describes this beauty again as a subspecies of L. carniolicum being “the southern most counterpart of the type frequenting the mountainous areas of western Macedonia, Albania (where its name comes from) and northwestern Greece.
Described as being fairly easy to cultivate, the two main ingredients for success are said to be time and patience. It will tolerate an acidic soil but is most at home and does benefit from the addition of calcium to your garden mix. Fox states “it would benefit any plantsman's garden.” We thank plantsman Alan Mitchell of Scotland for his contribution of our example photo and flowering L. albanicum.
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