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 'Lilium sherriffiae'  <BR>Colony of Black-purple Form

'Lilium sherriffiae'
Colony of Black-purple Form

Item# ls309
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
A sighting of this type, especially of such a rare lily is beyond imagination and rather than use it as an insert for the purple-black form of 'L. sherriffiae' we felt it deserved its own page.

Named for Elizabeth Sherriff, an English plant esplorer, 'L. sherriffiae is found in the Himalayas in Bhutan from 8,00 to 12,000 feet. in elevation growing on grassy slopes. This is a delicate lily and growing to about two feet. Derek Fox wrote in his book 'Lilies' that the tessellated flowers are most commonly found in colchicums and fritillarias.

Our title photo as well as insert photo of a second and larger colony are courtesy of Mr. Sonam Wangchen of Bhutan and was taken in natural habitat. Mr. Wangchen operates 'Bhutan Excursions and can be reached at for those wishing to see this rare and delicate beauty in person. Only a hand full of people have viewed this lily in its native state while Mr. Wangchen walks along side them in an area of unsurpassed beauty. What Mr. Wangchen and his tours see in person is what most of us can only dream of.

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