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'Amethyst Temple' (strain)
John Shaver, 1958. Registered only as “Selections from Temple Hybrids”.
Editorial Note: We knew John Shaver well both on a professional as well as a personal level (we baby sat his children from time to time) as B & D Lilies got its start growing bulbs for his company, Rex Bulb Farm. Johan was a grower and hybridizer when living in Oregon, but when he moved his business to Port Townsend in 1976, he relied heavily on other growers for his stock. Photo John Shaver, courtesy Bill & Mary Hoffman collection.
John spent time in the Merchant Marines as an officer and was fascinated with the Buddhist Temples he saw in ports in SE Asia. As a result, he released a number of "Temple" strains of trumpets.
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