Lilium rosthornii

Tony Avent
Thu, 02 Aug 2007 07:43:29 PDT

For us, L. rosthornii starts flowering just as L. henryi finishes, but 
is obviously very closely related.  We grew ours from  seed that we 
gathered in our garden and they flower in a year, as does L. 
formosanum.  It is also more upright that L. henryi, has a darker 
center, with some floral branching.  After this is studied further, my 
bet is that it will be considered just a variant (possibly a subspecies) 
of L. henryi.  Whatever it winds up being, it is a superb garden lily.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
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James Waddick wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> 	This is a very slow HOT time in the garden.
> 	The real show is focused on the large Hibiscus varieties (No 
> disco belles, please!) ,but Crinum 'Super Ellen' is holding her own. 
> In a more subdued sort of way is the first bloom on the odd lily 
> named above.
> 	This lily was described over a century ago, but only recently 
> brought into cultivation. I'd call it more curious than beautiful, 
> but it has 'attitude'. The PBS wiki picture from Arnold shows the form
> 	but the picture at Pacific Rim Native Plants
> 	shows the distinct green central 'star'.
> 	My plants had some spring freeze damage and this is their 
> first bloom so I have only a single flower per stem and they are a 
> foot tall. Eventually they should get to 3 feet with up to 9 flowers 
> per stem.
> 	I understand they 'should' bloom even later in the season. 
> The only other lily in bloom right now is L. formosanum which seems a 
> bit early too.
> 	It looks like a very garden worthy (whatever THAT means) 
> addition to my temperate site.
> 	Anyone beside Arnold grow this species?	Comments?
> 		Best		Jm W.

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