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'L. mackliniae' (Species or Wild Lily)
It is said that Mr. Kingdom Ward discovered this rare beauty in 1946 while searching for missing aircraft in Burma. Found at altitudes of 7000 feet or more, the flowers of Lilium mackliniae are bell-shaped and held in a pendant form. It grows well in cultivation especially if planted in a bed of good draining peat and light shade. It enjoys the same conditions as azaleas and rhododendrons and seems to like their company in the garden. Lilium mackliniae likes our cool, damp climate here in the Pacific Northwest.
Our first photo inset is of a stem of L. mackliniae as grown by Edgar Kline and photographed in the late 1940's. Though faded with time, we found this photo to be enchanting with its delicate beauty. Provided by Bill and Mary Hoffman, this is an excellent example of flower form.
Our second inset is of a bed of L. mackliniae taken by Edward McRae.
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