Lily seeds and bulbs
Fri, 13 May 2005 14:23:31 PDT
The most southerly Lilium species is L. neilgherrense from the Nilgiri Hills
of south-western India, somewhere about 11-12 degrees North of the equator.
It is a big-flowered white trumpet species, but I don't know if its is
cultivation.  Next most southerly is probably L. philippinense from the
mountains of north-central Luzon, about 16 deg N. It is pure white with a
very long tube to the flower. It is closely related to L. formosanum & like
it can flower within the year from seed. It is not very hardy in the UK, as
it keeps pushing up new growths, but is very easy in a pot in the

The southern Japanese species L. longiflorum, L. nobilissimum & L.
alexandrae are also suitable for warm conditions.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "arnold trachtenberg" <>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Lilly seeds and bulbs

> Jane:
> I can't tell you where I read it but it seems lilies are strictly (
> naturally occurring)  a northern hemisphere genus.   I would also be
> interested in how close to the equator lilies  occur naturally.
> Arnold

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