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'L. neilgherrense' (Species or Wild Lily)
Found further south than any other species, a native to India, the flowers of Lilium nielgherrense are very narrow, flaring finally at the end of their trumpet shape. Best suited to a cool greenhouse, planting in the open garden nearly always meets with failure. The stems of this species run underground for some distance before emerging. We have never attempted this species. Old Oregon Bulb Farm stock photo courtesy of Ed McRae.
Photo inset #1 is from the Bill & Mary Hoffman collection of species grown and photographed by Edgar Kline.
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