Lily seeds and bulbs
Fri, 13 May 2005 23:35:33 PDT
From: "Jim McKenney" <>

> Lee mentioned Lilium philippinense.
> Can anyone confirm that this species is in cultivation?

Certainly - I grow it and I'm not alone. My current batch of seedlings is
from South African-grown seed and a previous lot came from Australia (the
bulbs of these died & I hadn't saved seed). I know that true L.
philippinense is also grown by other English gardeners, having seen it in
other gardens. It is very distinct, with a tremendously long, narrow, pure
white tube and relatively narrow 'face' to the open flower: L. formosanum
has a shorter tube, usually stained reddish-pinkish-brown and the flower
opens more widely. The plant body of L. philippinense is different in
appearing  a much greener colour - it lacks the red pigments that stain the
growth of L. formosanum et al.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP


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