Help identifying unknown lilies

David Boucher
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 03:53:53 PDT
Probably Lilium formosanum, which is naturalized in many areas of SE US.

David Boucher

On Sep 12, 2013, at 3:41 PM, David Gray <> wrote:

> My first post - My apologies in advance if I'm violating any of the rules .
> . . or making a newbie mistake
> I have collected plants and seeds from an unknown lily I have found growing
> in several places along Interstate 10 in NW Florida.
> General description:
> White (or white-ish) trumpet-like flowers
> Has grown to about 6 feet tall in my yard
> Flowers generally open in mid to late August (although a few young plants
> in my yard still have buds forming)
> Seem to have a single strong stem (the stem of the largest plant in my yard
> is about an inch in diameter)
> Generally flowers at the very tip of the growing stem.  May have 10 or more
> flowers on a mature specimen.
> I have them growing in rather full sun, but I have found them growing in
> areas with a significant tree canopy (although probably got full early
> morning sun.)
> They produce copious quantities of seed within the seed pod.
> Seeds are brown / tan in color with, what I assume to be, a
> darker-colored embryo
> The flowers are not spectacular or anything, but I'm always looking for
> something else to try growing.
> I've done some research on the internet, but can't find anything that looks
> to be a match.  They appear to be growing wild, i.e. not in yards, gardens,
> or near old homesteads - but that really can't be said for certain.
> I'm no expert, but the flowers look very similar to Easter lilies.
> Temperatures here in NW Florida reach below freezing at least several
> nights every winter
> Here's a link to some photos (sorry not professional quality):
> (I hope the link works properly . . .)
> Thanks for any suggestions on possible identification.
> David Gray
> Fort Walton Beach, FL
> (Near Pensacola)
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