Wild Lily: L. catesbaei Walter 1788

North America, Florida, Louisiana, Carolina. Grows in coniferous woods and on marshland.

Bulbs are white, and built up of loosely connected, small scales. The long-lanceolate leaves growing from the base of the 12-20 inch high stem are perennial; all leaves are scattered, acute, and gradually become smaller and narrower on the higher parts of the stem. The August-

flowering, mostly single, erect, and saucer-shaped scarlet blooms are of distinctive shape on account of their long-stemmed petals, and bear yellow markings strongly mottled with brown.

Not all varieties of this lily have yet been written about. Its natural habitat of acid soils or marsh makes cultivation very difficult; it is best planted in pots containing a layer of sphagnum topped with a wet mixture of sand and peat; pots to stand in water continually. Germinates within 40 days. Cross-pollination with other lilies has, so far, been unsuccessful.

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