Lilly seeds and bulbs

Darren Sage
Fri, 13 May 2005 17:51:07 PDT
Thank you Jane.

Lilies are popular as cut flowers here for special occasions.  I have to 
assume they are imported from the mainlaand.

I see my neighbour has a clump of white flowering lilies out now and they 
look well established.

They are in full sun at least half the day.

I will ask her what she thinks they are.

Thank you all for you help on this topic.  Please keep the info coming.

Kind regards


>From: "Jim McKenney" <>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <>
>Subject: RE: [pbs] Lilly seeds and bulbs
>Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 19:20:52 -0400
>Darren, here's another suggestion for lilies in Mexico: try the so-called 
>or longiflorum-Asiatic hybrids. These are hybrids with Lilium longiflorum
>and Asiatic hybrid (not to be confused with oriental hybrid) lilies in 
>background. In some, the Lilium longiflorum influence is not obvious at 
>in others it is more apparent. I'm suggesting this group in particular
>because some of them evidently have a very slight chill requirement. They
>also look like typical commercial cut-flower lilies (unlike some of the
>other lilies suggested, which suggest funerals).
>This discussion of lilies in Mexico reminds me of a question I've been
>meaning to ask.
>Lilies of the Lilium pardalinum group are known to grow far south into
>California - historically right down to the Mexican border apparently.
>Does anyone know if any member of the genus Lilium is native to/grows wild
>in northern Mexico - or has in recent times?
>And now that we're on the topic of Lilium pardalinum, let me get one more
>thing off my chest. How many of you have noticed that some catalogs spell
>this name pardelinum? I've often wondered if that is because they know that
>they are not selling the true Lilium pardalinum and instead are selling one
>of the once literally myriad (and now almost entirely lost or forgotten)
>pardalinum hybrids.
>One more lily story: several years ago I was in Bangalore, India. Bangalore
>is in southern India, not far from Mysore, one of the old centers of 
>interests in India. The Nilgiri Hills were not too far off - as the crow
>flies, it was about 125 miles to Ootacamund, one of the well known sites 
>Lilium neilgherrense, and the whole time I was there I could not get Lilium
>neilgherrense out of my mind. When I told an Indian friend about this, she
>suggested that I hire a taxi cab for the weekend and head over. I never 
>it, and I still regret it.
>As I was typing this, Jane's email arrived: so it's now Lilium wallichianum
>Jim McKenney
>Montgomery County, Maryland, UDS, USDA zone 7, where Lilium pardalinum,
>while not happy, at least persists.
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