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'L. davidii' (Species or Wild Lily)
Used a great deal in early hybridizing, this native of the mountainous regions of Western China is well suited to the garden. As with Lilium dauricum , traces of Lilium davidii "blood" can be found in just about every modern day hybrid. This pendant-shaped, vermilion to scarlet colored flower is peppered in black spots. Seed production is abundant and easy to grow. This is a tall species reaching four feet or more in the garden. This species was also instrumental in producing de Graaff's famous 'Fiesta Hybrids'
Photo inset #1 is Lilium davidii being "visited" by one of our native Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio rutulus). As with most of the orange and red Lilium species, butterflies love them, and seem to be more attracted to the wild flowers than the hybrids, possibly because of the reflexed flower form.
Photo inset #2 of of L. davidii var. 'Oriole' from the collection of photos provided by the daughter of Bill and Mary Hoffman. L. davidii var. Oriole was registered by Isabelle Preston in 1935 as being an open pollinated seedling of L. davidii. This "studio" photo, typical of how Edgar photographed his lilies is circa. 1947 - 48.
Insert #3 is a Edgar Kline studio photo of L. davidii var. maximowiczii.
Insert #4 is a Edgar Kline studio photo labeled as L. davidii var. wadi which we assume was collected and named by K. Wada and distributed by Hakoneya Nurseries, Yokohama, Japan as were other species with the name 'Wadi' attached to them.
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