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 'Lilium monadelphum' <BR> (The Caucasian Lily)

'Lilium monadelphum'
(The Caucasian Lily)

Item# LS93
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
Found growing in the black leaf-molds of beech wood in the northern Caucasus, Lilium monadelphum is the most plentiful and easiest to grow of the lilies from this region. First finding its way into English gardens in the early 1800's, it can be difficult when not catered to. When given deep, well drained soils to which lime is added yearly, it will settle in and be quite at home. Disliking being moved, Lilium monadelphum can often take two years after planting to send up a stem, patience is a must. When its first bell-shaped flowers open though, most agree, the wait was well worth it. Flowers are straw to butter yellow and are heavily spotted in purple. When happy with its placement, Lilium monadelphum will make huge bulbs weighing several pounds. Title photo taken by Pontus Wallstén of wild colony. Title photo copyright Pontus Wallstén of Switzerland, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo insert #1 is a straw yellow form flowered at B & D Lilies. Copyright B & D Lilies, all rights reserved.

Photo insert #2 taken by Meneerke Bloem and published on Wikimedia Commons shows stand of L. monadelphum with stem of L. martagon in foreground. Copyright Meneerke Bloem, all rights reserved. Used under GNU Free Documentation License. Original photo was cropped.

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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