Lilium Species (Plus Select F1 Species Hybrids)
The forerunner of all of today's modern hybrids, Lilium species can be found in diverse areas, from sandy beaches of Japan or mountain ranges of China, to swampy bog areas of the eastern USA. We offer the most commonly grown species, easily adaptable to your garden. Most are grown the same as any other hybrid lily, with only a slight variance of soil or watering requirement. Special needs are indicated within the descriptions. All of our species lilies have been propagated from seed or by division in commercial nursery beds, we do not offer ANY wild collected material. Although some species can take up to seven years to flower from seed, if you pay careful attention to their natural wild habitat, ideal conditions can be duplicated at home for success with even the most difficult types.
Because of the varying individual requirements of Lilium species as well as F1 Hybrids of difficult species offered from time to time, they are guaranteed true-to-name only, not for failure to grow. Species lilies can sometimes take a full season before they emerge. The more finicky ones are marked as "difficult". None of those types are being listed for Spring 2019 sales.
Bear in mind that any species lily or martagon hybrid may take a year or two before flowering the first time - or may bloom right away, they can be unpredictable - so if a stem emerges right way and does not flower, and has not been over watered, chances are it is still trying to settle itself into the new micro climate.
Species Lily, 3 to 6 Feet, Late July. Very Heavy Scent.
$6.95, 3/$19.85, 6/$37.70
L. pardalinum Hybrid, 3 to 4+ Feet. June/July flowering. Light Scent.More Info
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. A journey back to the lily species that made your hybrid bulbs will lead you across the entire Northern Hemisphere. (Click on photo to learn more.)
A pictorial behind the scenes look at hybridizing of the Trumpet genre.