Wild Lily: L. concolor

At home in central China (Hupch, Hunan, Yunnan), scattered in Japan at elevations of 1,000-4,000 feet, mostly on limestone subsoils and growing in pockets of humus, in loam and among grass and scrub. Its extreme variability has given rise to a number of differing

descriptions, which E. H. Wilson found difficult to classify. Certainly a pretty, but small, June/July-flowering lily carrying one, and on occasions up to 10, erect, unspotted scarlet blooms. Scattered, linear-lanceolate leaves spread horizontally from the stem, 1-3 feet long. The small, round, white bulb is short-lived, and has only a few broad scales. Rapid germination, prefers full sun.

L. concolor var. coridion is the best form, with lemon-yellow, finely brown-spotted flowers.

L. concolor var. partheneioii has black-spotted, red flowers with green and yellow streaks.

L. concolor var. pulchelluin comes from Korea, Manchuria and Siberia -vermilion to orange-red, spotted flowers.

L. concolor var. stictum originates from Shantung. Black-spotted, scarlet flowers.

L. concolor Dropniore is a hardy and thriving, orange-red hybrid raised by Dr F. L. Skinner from the red type crossed with L. concolor var. pulchelluni.

L. concolor Okihime has pure-yellow, unspotted flowers bigger than typicum, is a bulb-splitter, and has been crossed with L. dauricuni. L. callosimi, and L. puniiliini.

Ideal for cutting, much used in floristry; its bright colours create a focal point in any garden, (NALS-LYB 1959)

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