Wild Lily: L. hansonii Leichtlin 1871

Distribution: Dagelet Islands off the Korean coast (Takeshima), Diamond Mountains, Ncgita Mountains in Korea. Japanese name Takeshima Yuri. Grows on the rocky cliffs of Takeshima Island at heights up to 3,000 feet, in leaf-mould and light woodland. June-flowering.

Bulb yellow-white, 2-2-½ inches, flat and sphere-shaped; stem green, strong but hollow, 2-5 feet tall with several leaf whorls and a few scattered leaves on upper part; leaves are long lanceolate, approximately 5 inches. Strongly scented Turk’s Cap flowers, nodding, with very thick, revolutc, orange-yellow petals spotted brown. Rarely produces seed when grown in Europe, but good pollen donor for breeding work. Easy grower, lasts for a decade, likes damp soil rich in leaf-mould and light shade, tolerates calcareous soils, and withstands most lily diseases.

Dr S. L. Emsweller proved that L. hansonii is the only virus-resistant lily, a characteristic that the Hansonii hybrids, which are seldom found

to suffer from virus attacks, have inherited. It is thought that virus-transmitting aplrides avoid L. hansonii and its hybrids.

Cross-pollinates easily with L. martagon and Martagon varieties, as well asL. medeoloides (Redman). A number of beautiful, coloured hybrids of a delicate yellow were bred with L. martagon var. album. This colour also combines well with the dark wine-red of L. martagon var. cattaniae. (L. x marhan, L. x dalhansonii, Paisley hybrids from de Graaff, Painted Lady hybrids from E. L. Kline.)

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