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Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Mrs. Ruth Sanclimenti's whimsical, "Garden of Weeden" drew attention from the neighbors last summer. Her Oriental lily, 'Siberia' had a fasciated stem [which happens on occasion] causing the plant to overwhelm it's owner with [many] more than usual, highly fragrant blooms in midsummer. Only about 1 in 10,000 lily bulbs create a fasciated stem, most likely due to environmental fluctuations. The next growing season produces a normal stem, or even two, if the bulb has divided.
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