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 'Lilium formosanum'

'Lilium formosanum'

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Discovered by Wallace in 1891, this species was named for Formosa, now Taiwan. Native primarily to the northern part of the island. Best grown in a cool greenhouse. If garden planted, it should be in a warm, site sheltered from the elements. Very short lived, but will flower in 18 months from seed. Very prone to virus infections so should be kept separate from hybrid lilies. Grows to 4 to 5 Feet.

Ed McRae in this book 'Lilies, A Guide For Growers And Collectors' reports that it was crossed in the past with 'L. longiflorum' (Easter Lilies) to produce 'Formolongi, and with 'L. nepalense' resulting in 'Formolense'.

Photo copyright Pontus Wallstén of Switzerland, all rights reserved. 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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