Lilly seeds and bulbs

Jim McKenney
Fri, 13 May 2005 18:58:53 PDT
Lee asked: "Now, however, I read that there are other species from tropical
and subtropical areas. (L. nobilissimum & L.
alexandrae & L. wallichianum var. neilgherrense) ...So the question arises
yet again: Whence are they available? Mail order nurseries, seed suppliers,
plant organization seed exchanges, etc.?"

Lilium alexandrae  appeared on the Seed Exchange list of the North American
Lily Society this year; the seed had been donated by Ed McRae. These
probably went quickly - I didn't get any! 

Nor is L. nobilissimum offered often - offhand I don't remember seeing it
offered at all recently, although I have not gone back through old seed
lists to check. 
I've never seen Lilium wallichianum neilgherrense offered in any form (i.e.
bulbs or seed) - and as John Grimshaw suggested in an earlier posting of
this thread, it may not be in cultivation. Lilium w. wallichianum is
available, but this is a species from far northern India, not a tropical
form. I've tried it twice, and failed both times. That may have been partly
because of the dubious quality of commercial stock available to me: the
bulbs arrived badly dried. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the Nilgiri lily is
right at the top of my lily "want list". 

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