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'L. nobilissimum' (Lilium species or wild lily)
"Tamoto-Yuri" from the Japanese Ryukyu Islands produces very fragrant, funnel shaped flowers that are purest white on the inside with green shading on the outside. Difficult to view in the wild as it mainly grows on steep cliffs, it is also difficult to maintain in the garden. Once often confused with Lilium alexandrae , Lilium nobilissimum produces bright yellow pollen. This species has produced some extraordinary hybrids, most notably, the pure white 'Taj Mahal', and the baby pink 'Maharaja'. Though considered about the same in difficulity as Lilium Rubellum, flowered here without problems, we have been unsuccessful with Lilium nobilissimum. L. nobilissimum photo courtesy of Ed McRae.
Photo inset #1 is of a soft pink hybrid of L. nobilissimum selected in 2003 from breeding work done by the late Don Egger.
Photo inset #2 is of the selection 'Maharajah' bred at the old Oregon Bulb Farms registered as hybridized in 1964 but not introduced until 1981 which was common as you did not want to release the genes of an important new line until after you were a couple generations down the road in your breeding program. 'Maharajah' came out of 'Pink Glory' shown as an inset with L. japonicum.
Photo inset #3 shows this magnificent species as grown in the lath/shade house of Edgar Kline in the late 1940's. Photo courtesy of Bill and Mary Hoffman.
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