Lilium formosanum var. pricei

Jim McKenney
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 05:34:39 PDT
I think there might be another explanation for the seeming metamorphosis of
Lilium formosanum pricei into typical L. formosanum. 


Typical tall Lilium formosanum  will sometimes bloom within eight or nine
months from seed. The plants at that stage are often no more than eighteen
inches tall. I’ll bet  persons who have received seed from exchanges as
Lilium formosanum tall have, on the basis of these first year blooming
“dwarf” seedlings, collected the seed and sent it off as L. formosanum
pricei. If such first-year-blooming plants survive, their true identity will
not become apparent for another season or two. 


First year seedlings of Lilium formosanum have bloomed here as late as late
October and, since the flower size is more in proportion to the lower stems,
are more handsome than the six foot giants which bloom in late summer.  


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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