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Lily Bulb - 'L. ledebourii' (Species or Wild Lily)
A native of the Talysh Mountains in Azerbaijan, L. ledebourii is found from about 3000 to 5000 feet in elevation in oak forests and clearings. Cultivation is similar to the other Caucasian lilies such as L. monadelphum succeeding in a variety of well drained soils with light shade throughout the day. This lily has been described as having a “surprisingly delicate fragrance reminiscent of vanilla”.
Ed McRae grew this species at the old Oregon Bulb Farms in the early 1970's from seed provided by V. Erimin of Russia. It has been reported to cross with L. candidim, better known as the 'The Madonna Lily'. Given the political tension between Azerbaijan and Iran where this lily is also found, further exploration of the area for other yet to be found species is not likely.
This beautiful and rare lily was grown and photographed by Alan Mitchell of Scotland and we thank Alan for his contribution of this outstanding example of this rare and beautiful species.
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