Wild Lily: L. arhoricola W. T. Steam 1954

One of Frank Kingdon Ward’s last finds before his death, this curious lily grows on trees in the woods of northern Burma.

Ward found it in 1953 and sent it to England during the following year for exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show. He described it as an enchantingly coloured Martagon type, with nutmeg fragrance and rounded, reflexed petals of silk-textured nile-green contrasting with the cinnabar-orange-coloured stamens. It is unfortunate that this rare and singular lily is now again lost, as none of the bulbs which flowered at both Wisley Gardens and Liverpool survived the second winter.

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