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'Black Magic' (strain)
Jan De Graaff 1958. Simply recorded as “similar origin to 'Black Dragon'. Mr. Edward McRae in his book 'Lilies' who was at one time head hybridizer at Oregon Bulb Farm recorded that 'Black Magic' was the name first used for the strain that came from seed that was collected from cottage gardens in China. He reported that 'Black Dragon' was selected from seedling from the 'Black Magic' strain and became the clone (M-12) used as the seed parent to continue on with the 'Black Dragon' strain. Photo 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