Help identifying unknown lilies

Alani Davis
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:04:13 PDT
Lilium formosanum does well here as does the Lilium longiflorum Jonathan
mentioned though Lilium formosanum seems to spread by seed far more readily
than Lilium longiflorum. Lilium formosanum is usually associated with old
house sites but very often nothing else remains of habitation except
perhaps Lycoris radiata, and often these sites are along roadways where
earth moving from past road widening, mowing of the road shoulders and wind
have distributed seed for quite a distance making quite a display. There is
a patch along interstate 10 in Jackson County Florida that goes on
scattered here and there for nearly a mile. Depending the year, the
rainfall and the location the height at flowering can vary a bit. They will
be easily 5-7 feet with the occasion patch pushing 10 ft. The pure white
flower form is most common but the type with the wine colored markings on
the exterior definitely can be found. They are grow as a classic
pass-a-garden plant but I have never seen them grown widely commercially
though there are nurseries that sell them in the U.S. They are definitely
hardy in zone 8 & 9 and I have seen them grown well in zone 7 though I have
less experience with them the lower the zone.

Alani Davis

On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 4:12 AM, Brian Whyer <>wrote:

> Is this species tender? It is almost unkown in the UK as the full height
> plant. Just the dwarf var. Pricei. I have never knowingly seen it for sale.
> Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8
> >
> >>It could be Lilium longiflorum/Easter lily.  It grows here around
> Gainesville in many places including the bulb garden at Kanapaha Botanical
> gardens.
> >
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