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 'Lilium bakerianum var. yunnanense'

'Lilium bakerianum var. yunnanense'

Item# ls249
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(Species / Wild Lily)

In nature L. bakerianum var. yunnanense is found growing among rhododendrons which protect them from late frosts. It must be noted that a cold and wet winter will spell its doom and you need to be prepared for failure with this delicate beauty. This June bloomer in nature is found at around 8,000 feet.

Photo insert #1 was grown from seed by Pontus Wallstén of Switzerland. He reported this little guy was hit by a thunderstorm in the middle of a prolonged hit by a heat wave when coming into flower and was in rough shape. He related this bulb was imported from Chen Yi as seed, as at the time, bulbs were not available. Sadly the bulb was lost that winter which is typical of this variant and shows that even the best and most knowledgeable of growers can and do fail.

Title photo as well as inset photo #1 copyright Pontus Wallstén of Switzerland. Used with permission. Pontus has an excellent book titled 'The Lily Species and their bulbs' and he can be contacted by email at for more information. He also offers some rare species lilies in limited quantities that are shipped from his nursery in Switzerland.

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