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'L. kelloggii var. 'Edgar Kline' (Lilium species or wild lily)
This is a rare, pure white color form found in a single colony of Lilium kelloggii off Highway 199 in Northern California that varies from pure white to the more familiar pink. The white (or albino) form seemed to all produce unusually large anthers, as can be seen in the photo.
Discovered by Mr. Edgar Kline, the location of this colony is a closely guarded secret to protect it from plant collectors. Thinking about looking for it? Hwy 199 stretches from Grants Pass, Oregon to Crescent City, California and the fire road leading to its location is not for the faint of heart!
If your vehicle does not have river crossing clearance or will not turn around in a width of less than 8 feet, or have "D8" stenciled on it, plan on backing down a loose gravel road approximately six miles, parts of which are so steep that your vehicle will not stop, but just continues to slide down the hill with gravel acting as marbles under your tires. Should you try to attempt it, don't take your wife, even Dianna refused to go saying "you go on, I will stay here and take my chances with the snakes".
We received the photo in inset #1 from Gene Mirro in June of 2012 and it truly made our day in knowing this rare little lily was being grown in the garden. When we viewed the colony in the mid 80's, the flowers were in full bloom and there were no seed pods. We never returned to that colony not wanting to taunt serious injury or even death. Thank you Gene for your diligence in growing this wonder of nature.
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