Lilium formosanum

Jane McGary
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:17:28 PDT
Cynthia wrote,
>L. Formosanum grows very easily in Central Texas, zone 8b. It self 
>sows and can flower in its first year of life if all goes well. 
>Lical variations range from white to shades of light purplish red on 
>the outside. Here, it's difficult to find the shorter L. Pricei.

Vast quantities of Lilium formosanum ssp. pricei seed are contributed 
to the North American Rock Garden Society seed exchange, and NARGS 
members can always get it for free, or nearly so, out of the 
"leftovers." Apparently its short stature appeals to "rock gardeners" 
in the broad sense, especially those in humid summer climates. It is 
an epigeal (immediate) germinator and can flower the second year from 
sowing. I have one (from leftovers) growing in a pot and am going to 
try it in a shady, well-watered part of my garden, but I don't know 
if it will survive there. It flowered at about 8 inches (20 cm) this summer.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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