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 'Lilium dauricum'

'Lilium dauricum'

Item# LS44
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
With a wide range throughout Asia, Korea, and Japan, Lilium dauricum was used extensively in early hybridizing both in the US and Europe. An easy subject in the garden, it enjoys a well drained and slightly acidic soil. Ranging in height from 12 to 30 inches (30 to 75 cms) flowers are virtually unscented and open in mid to late June. Seed ripens in September and is immediate hypogeal in germination.

Used by de Graaff in his 'Mid Century Hybrids', the spotted up-facing, orange to orange-scarlet flowers are believed to have been used in Japan 300 or more years ago in hybridizing. It is possible that this species has offered more to today's Asiatic hybrids than any other of the Asian species. There many variants of this lily, and found ranging even through Eastern Russia, it may well hold untold future breeding potential.

Photo inset #1 is of wild plant taken by Dr. Nick V. Kurzenko near Kiparisovo village, Primorsky Territory, Russian Federation on June 22 of 2003. Public domain photo Cal Photos. Copyright Dr. Nick V. Kurzenko, all rights reserved.

Photo insert #2 was also taken by Dr. Nick V. Kurzenko near Minamihama, Hokkaido (Japan) of wild growing plant. Public domain photo CalPhotos. Copyright Dr. Nick V. Kurzenko, all rights reserved.

Title photo 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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