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'L. duchartrei' (Species or Wild Lily)
This alpine Chinese, found sometimes at more than 10,000 feet, likes damp to boggy ground and is happy in woodland margins. In cultivation it seems to prefer a lighter soil (Sunshine Blend #4) that is uniformly damp throughout the active growth period. Produces a stoloniferous type bulb similar to L. canadense or L. superbum. It is best grown from seed as bulbs of Lilium duchartrei very much dislike being moved even from one end of the garden to the other.
This photo was taken from a bulb purchased in the early 80's from Bert Porter in Canada. Labeled as L. duchartrei' Eddie McRae felt it may actually be L. talense but was unsure.
Photo inset is of one of the historically important Edgar Kline photos taken in the late 40's as provided by Bill and Mary Hoffman. Labeled as L. duchartrai var. fargesii, this was the old identification of L. duchartrei in the early 1900's. Both L. duchartrai and L. fargessi are separate and distinct species. Photo shown is of L. duchartrei.
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