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 'Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides'

'Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides'

Item# LS203
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
Described by the English explorer E. H. Wilson to be the "finest and most beautiful of all forms of L. speciosum", the var. gloriosoides can be a pill in the garden. Our experience with this lily was that it was very prone to virus and the only flower we were able to produce from seed given us by Moto Shimizu in Japan bloomed twisted and deformed, probably due to virus infection. The plant did not return the following year nor any of the other seedlings in that batch possibly due to virus infection, but more likely due to our sometimes excessively wet winters here in the Northwest corner of Washington.

To successfully grow and flower this magnificent species is a prideful accomplishment. Originally discovered in 1868 in the Lushan Mountains of China, 'glorsoides' was introduced to European gardens in 1878, but that original stock was soon lost.

Title photo courtesy of our friend Rizanino (Riz) Reyes. Copyright Rizanio Reyes, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo insert is of a heavily spotted form of var. gloriosoides as found in natural habitat by Yijia Wang. Copyright Yijia Wang, all rights reserved. Yijia Wang offers seed of several Chinese Alpines at his nursery at Along with alpine lilium species, Mr. Wang also offers a wonderful selection of other Chinese Alpines.

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