Lillium formosanum
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 01:14:23 PST
Lilium formosanum is abundantly naturalised in South Africa, Zimbabwe &
Malawi in Africa, less frequently in Kenya & Tanzania, and excessively in
parts of Australia where it is a noxious weed.

I have recently written-up the species for the Liliaceae section of Flora of
Tropical East Africa (published by RBG Kew, 2005) and uncovered the problem
that the name is a bit dubious: the publication is casual, even by 19th C
standards, and no type specimen is designated. However, the entity has
always been known under this name so there seemed little reason to meddle
unnecessarily with the taxonomy (i.e. let sleeping bulbs lie).

Unfortunately L. formosanum does not do particularly well here: it seems to
like a hotter summer than England affords, but with its red-stained exterior
and long trumpets it is a real beauty.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 2:37 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Lillium formosanum

> Hi,
> I am assuming that the seeds that Joe is offering is of Lilium formosanum
> (not formosum). This tall elegant lily is very quick blooming from seed
> (one to two years) and in my Mediterranean climate has done really well
> with not much summer water, no feeding and a lot of rain in winter. My
> first seeds came from a BX offering. I understand this species has
> naturalized in South Africa so I suppose I should worry about it, but this
> doesn't seem to be happening in my garden. New seedlings seem to replace
> plants that are no longer there. I had a couple of the short form, but
> seem to have disappeared, whereas the tall ones continue to please me
> year. So I recommend it as a trouble free plant.
> Mary Sue
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