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 'Lilium amabile'

'Lilium amabile'

Item# LS02
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
A native of Asia, L. amabile has a wide range throughout the Korean Peninsula. A rewarding garden subject, L. amabile is well suited to cultivation in the Northwest's maritime climate but can be challenging in harsher areas. The orange-red flowers are Turk's Cap in form and carry numerous black spots. It will do well in full sun and tolerates fairly dry soils. Unfortunately, its fragrance leaves much to be desired, smelling like a cross between an old tennis shoe and a rotted cabbage, its best to just stand back and admire it for its beauty. Seed is immediate epigeal germination. Prefers a "gritty" loamy soil that is well drained.

L. amabile luteum as well as its type were used by Jan de Graaff in producing his 'Fiesta Hybrids', registered in 1946, which in turn led to his world famous 'Mid-Century Hybrids', with 'Enchantment' probably being the best known.

Insert photo #1 is of 'Enchantment'.

Insert photo #2 is a full stem of L. amabile as flowered and photographed by Gene Mirro, June of 2012. Copyright Gene Mirro, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Insert photo #3 Copyright National Institute of Ecology, Korea. 'L. amabile as growing in its natural habitat. Courtesy WikiMedia Commons. Original photo was cropped. This file is licensed under the Korean Open Government License Type I: Attribution.

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