Lilium rosthornii

James Waddick
Thu, 02 Aug 2007 06:15:06 PDT
Dear Friends,
	This is a very slow HOT time in the garden.
	The real show is focused on the large Hibiscus varieties (No 
disco belles, please!) ,but Crinum 'Super Ellen' is holding her own. 
In a more subdued sort of way is the first bloom on the odd lily 
named above.

	This lily was described over a century ago, but only recently 
brought into cultivation. I'd call it more curious than beautiful, 
but it has 'attitude'. The PBS wiki picture from Arnold shows the form…

	but the picture at Pacific Rim Native Plants

	shows the distinct green central 'star'.

	My plants had some spring freeze damage and this is their 
first bloom so I have only a single flower per stem and they are a 
foot tall. Eventually they should get to 3 feet with up to 9 flowers 
per stem.

	I understand they 'should' bloom even later in the season. 
The only other lily in bloom right now is L. formosanum which seems a 
bit early too.

	It looks like a very garden worthy (whatever THAT means) 
addition to my temperate site.

	Anyone beside Arnold grow this species?	Comments?

		Best		Jm W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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