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'L. davidii var. willmottiae' (Lilium species or wild lily)
Our favorite of the Lilium davidii group, 'willmottiae' has a much more elegant flower with graceful arching stems. Having a tendency to wander underground for some distance before emerging, the underground portions of the stems readily produce bulblets at each internode. A native to the western Hupeh province of China, it naturally grows at higher elevations. Shown growing in a cool greenhouse.
Photo inset is of the Asiatic Hybrid 'Embarrassment' bred in Canada by R. Simonet. 'Embarrassment' is a grandaughter of L. davidii var. willmottiae
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