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 'Lilium regale'

'Lilium regale'

Item# LS124
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
From China, Lilium regale is at home in any well drained garden. The large, flaring trumpet shaped blooms are highly fragrant. A varying amount of pink-purple shades the outside of these golden throated flowers. Reaching heights to 8 feet for old plants, but more commonly seen in the 3 to 5 foot range, Lilium regale has been a favorite of gardeners for many years. In breeding work, Lilium regale as a pollen parent has been excellent, but as a seed parent, it tends to be apomictic, proving to be dominant in all characteristics. In other words, all you get is seed of more Lilium regale, no matter what pollen is used on it.

Title Photo contributed by Harry Jans of The Netherlands showing Lilium regale in a setting that E. H. Wilson might have witnessed in the early 1900's while exploring China. Many more magnificent photographic images from Mr. Jans taken from around the world can be found at Copyright Harry Jans, Jansaplines, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo Insert #1 copyright B & D Lilies of a nursery grown subject. All rights reserved.

Photo insets #2 and #3 are of L. regale in natural habitat, Min River Valley in central Sichuan province, China. There it can be seen growing by the thousands on the steep cliffs, often with bulbs wedged into fractures in the cliff walls. Copyright Yijia Wang, all rights reserved. Used with permission. Yijia does offer seed of several Chinese Alpines at his nursery as along with seed of other alpine natives of China.

This page is for reference only, not as an offer to sell species bulbs or seeds.
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