Lillium formosanum

Bill Richardson
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:15:53 PST
This is an excerpt from R. E. Harrison's book published 1971 - Reed Books:
"L. fomosamun. This well-known trumpet lily is a
native of Formosa, and often confused with a close-
ly related species L. philippinense, which has
shorter flowers and slightly broader leaves. It is
doubtful however, if the true L. philippinense is in
general cultivation- L. formosanum is one of the
easiest of lilies to raise from seed, and some forms
will bloom within six months of sowing in the
open ground. In fact in mild climates blooms can
be secured throughout the winter with odd heads
maturing throughout the year. Were it not that the
immense pure white trumpets, each from six to
ten inches long and with the reverse stained purple,
are too large for general florist use, it would prove
a grand lily for the cut flower market. No doubt
smaller flowered types are being evolved, because
this is a lily that provides some interesting varia-
tions. The ordinary form will grow from four to
eight feet tall, with six to twelve of these immense
long-tubed trumpets. In colder climates or higher
altitudes the reverse of the perianth assumes deeper
tones, deepening even to a chocolate to reddish-
purple. A lower growing form, seldom exceeding
two feet in height, and carrying but two or three
trumpets, is called pricei, while a pure white-
flowered strain which has been developed is known
as L. formosanum var. pricei "Album". In New
Zealand this lily and its forms do not appear to be
long-lived, the plant deteriorating after reaching
maximum vigour, so that a fresh crop of seed
should be sown every year or so. It is a prolific
Bill Richardson, 
West Gippsland, 
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