Wild Lily: L. chalcedonicum Linnaeus 1753

Greece: Euboea, Mount Kandyli, Tirphys Mountains, at 3,000 feet, calcareous soils of dry valleys, among grasses and conifers.

White to yellowish, broad bulbs. Stem 2-4 feet long with many scattered lanceolate leaves – the lower long and spreading, the upper small, erect, and bunched around the stem. Up to 10 Martagon-type flowers with fleshy, mandarin-red segments, without spots in the type. Deep, red-orange pollen. Flowering period: July/August.

It is unfortunate that this, one of the most beautiful of European lilies, which grows so well on warm calcareous loams, is very vulnerable to botrytis.

L. chalcedonicum var. niaculatum is densely spotted with black. L. chalccdonicuni and L. Iwldreichii are often classified as one and the same lily, but are more likely to be two distinct varieties.

Crossed with L. candidum = (L. x testaccum). (RHS-LYB 1954).

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