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 'Lilium davidii'

'Lilium davidii'

Item# LS47
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
Used a great deal in early hybridizing, this native of the mountainous regions of Western China is well suited to the garden. As with Lilium dauricum , traces of L. davidii "blood" can be found in just about every modern day hybrid. This pendant-shaped, vermilion to scarlet colored flower is peppered in black spots. Flowers open in a pyramidal type inflorescence and in nature can be found from about 5,000 to 9,800 feet (1,500 to 3,000 meters). Seed production is abundant and easy to grow. This is a tall species reaching four feet or more in the garden. This species was also instrumental in producing de Graaff's famous 'Fiesta Hybrids'

Our lead photo is of L. davidii growing in a cool greenhouse where it is being used for seed production.

Photo inset #1 is Lilium davidii being "visited" by one of our native Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio rutulus). As with most of the orange and red Lilium species, butterflies love them, and seem to be more attracted to the wild flowers than the hybrids, possibly because of the reflexed flower form. A lepidopterist (butterfly specialist) recounted to me that butterflies prefer to hang from flowers rather than sit on top of them as when they are atop a flower, they have no protections from airborne predators (swallows in particular). Hanging from a flower offers some camouflage and protection from attack.

Photo inset #2 of of L. davidii var. 'Oriole' from the collection of photos provided by the daughter of Bill and Mary Hoffman. L. davidii var. Oriole was registered by Isabelle Preston in 1935 as being an open pollinated seedling of L. davidii. This "studio" photo, typical of how Edgar photographed his lilies is circa. 1947 - 48.

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