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'Kushi Maya' (Species x Oriental)

'Kushi Maya' - Species Hybrid

Item# l8056
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A cross of the magnificent L. nepalense, (a native of Nepal) crossed with pollen from a white Oriental hybrid and using the process of embryo rescue (removing the embryo from the seed and growing it in a test tube containing a growth medium) the world was given the magnificent 'Kushi Maya'. For the most part, 'Kushi Maya' retains the look of the species seed parent L. nepalense, but is more outward facing than pendant. Best of all, this hybrid has taken on the hardiness and growth characteristics of the Oriental and can be grown under the same conditions as most other Oriental lilies - hardy through zone 7 without protection, and with a good mulch in colder areas applied AFTER the ground has frozen. As with orientals, in the hotter areas of the US, a little shade for them in the afternoon is appreciated but in cooler areas such as here in the Pacific NW, full sun is fine.

After settling, 'Kushi Maya' will attain a height of about 4 feet, but expect a more modest 2 to 3 feet the first season. July Flowering and fragrant.

PLEASE NOTE: Kushi Maya' was discontinued from production in Holland which means that there is no more planting stock available. We may be offering our remaining bulbs, rather than scaling for future production, simply because of the time involved. If scaled in this winter of 2018, the bulbs produced from those scales will not be available, depending on the next four summers, until 2022. Once these are gone, they are gone. A magnificent lily, that thrives in the garden, there is not a good market for it in the cut flower / forcing trade which makes up the bulk of the Dutch market, thus it is dropped from production.

Insert #1 is of a single flower of L. nepalense as flowered by B & D Lilies on our farm over 20 years ago to show the similarities. The main difference is the outer petal color which is more green in the species and a bit of a yellow or lime green in 'Kushi Maya'. Insert #2 is of first bloom in Dianna's trial garden. Insert #3 shows 'Kushi Maya' with a sunburst background that our daughter, Anne Marie, took in the summer of 2016.

Our standard for bulbs of this Oriental Hybrid Lily Bulb cultivar ranges from Premium-size (16/18 cm) to Exhibition-size (over 18 cm).

Classification: Lilium Species x White Oriental Hybrid (USDA Zones 7-9, lows to 5 deg F, colder with protection)

Stock #8056 - 'Kushi Maya' - Lily Species x White Oriental Hybrid
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