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'L. medeoloides' (Species or Wild Lily)
Known as "Kuruma-Yuri" in its native Japan, legend holds that this alpine species which grows in volcanic soils is the favorite flower of the ‘Goddess of Mount Fuji’. Often a difficult garden subject, the waxy orange, black spotted flowers of Lilium medeoloides are only about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. A planting site rich in leaf-mold on top of gravel with winter protection and semi-shaded conditions are a must to successfully grow it. Seen here in flower in a cool greenhouse, grown from seed provided by the Ofuna Botanical Garden, Japan.
Photo insert is of "wild" L. medeolodies as photographed by Mr. Moto Shimizu of the Northern Japanese type and contributed to B & D Lilies.
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