Wild Lily: L. duchartrei Franchet 1887

Occurs on damp, often boggy ground, on the margins of woods and glades, and in mountainous meadows at elevations of 8,000-11,500 feet in China – north-western Yunnan, western Szechwan and south-western Kansu.

The ovoid bulb is white, 1 ½ inches in diameter, and stoloniferous. The stem is 1 foot 6 inches-5 feet high, with lanceolate leaves. The marble-white, red-spotted, nodding blooms have erect pedicels, usually between two and 12, in an umbel form. Strong, pleasant scent, orange anthers, yellow pollen.

This fine, attractive lily requires light, damp, shaded ground rich in humus to give the stoloniferous stem room to spread. Dislikes being transplanted. First found by the French missionary Armand David and named after Duchartre, a French professor of botany, (RHS-LYB 1957)

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