Lilium formosanum var. pricei

Tony Avent
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 04:25:43 PDT
Bulb Growers:

Having spent a bit of time botanizing in Taiwan last summer, one of my 
goals was to see Lilium formosanum in the wild.  As I suspected,  the 
designation of "pricei" as a variety of L. formosanum simply isn't 
valid.  L. formosanum is a plant that grows from 7' tall in the lowlands 
to just over 1' tall above the tree line with a progression of sizes of 
along the way.  To be a true variety, it would need to be an isolated 
population, which it is not.  It has genetically adapted at each 
elevation to a size which allows it to prosper in situ.  I explain this 
further on page 15 of our expedition log at…

Tony Avent
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Mary Sue Ittner wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd just like to say that my experience has been more like Jim Jones 
> experience than Mark McDonough. I sowed both the species and the variety 
> from seeds supplied to a seed exchange. Both germinated well and went on to 
> bloom in a shorter time than I expected. I still have Lilium formosanum in 
> my garden. Whether it is from those original plants or from seeds that got 
> away after it originally bloomed, I can't be sure. It hasn't been invasive 
> and is a nice addition to my garden usually blooming in the fall. I no 
> longer have Lilium formosanum var. pricei.  I seem to remember one year 
> there was a taller version of it blooming in a similar spot, but it's not 
> there now and I could be wrong.
> My conditions are really different than Mark's in Massachusetts however.
> Mary Sue
> Mary Sue Ittner
> California's North Coast
> Wet mild winters with occasional frost
> Dry mild summers 
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