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 'Lilium nepalense'

'Lilium nepalense'

Item# LS96
Archive Item
(Species / Wild Lily)
Considered one of the most beautiful of species, Lilium nepalense produces large, pea-green, open trumpet shaped blooms that are richly colored in royal purple in the throats. Best suited to the cool greenhouse, it likes its leaf mold planting medium to be kept moist through the spring and until it comes into flower. After flowering, pots should be turned on their sides to insure they not become over watered, allowing the soil to dry or they will rot. Watering should begin again in the spring to simulate spring snow melt in its natural environment.

The stem likes to run underground for some distance before emerging. We have had bulbs in 8 inch pots where the stems made more than a dozen laps around the inside of the pot before finally emerging. A stem coming out of a drain hole is not uncommon.

Title photo as well as photo insert #2 courtesy of and copyright Pontus Wallstén, all rights reserved. Used with permission. Photo insert #2 shows same flower in title photo after several days of bloom and how the petals curl back with age.

Photo insets #1 and #4 show 'Lilium nepalense' in its natural habitat and were taken by Mr. Sonam Wangchen who operates 'Bhutan Excursions. 'Bhutan Excursions and can be reached at for those wishing to see this rare and delicate beauty in person. What Mr. Wangchen and his tours members see in person is that of which most of us can only dream. Photo copyright Mr. Sonam Wangchen, Bhutan Excursions, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo insert #3 taken by Pontus Wallsten at the nursery of Richard Hyde. Copyright Pontus Wallstén, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Photo insert #5 flowered at B & D Lilies in cool greenhouse, 1985. Copyright B & D Lilies, all rights reserved.

Photo insert #6 taken in habitat by 'Woudloper'. Copyright Woudloper, all rights reserved. From Wikimedia Commons, this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Photo taken at about 2800 meters, near Jorsale, Khumbu region, Nepal. Original photo was cropped.

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