Wild Lily: L. ledebouri (Baker) Boissier 1898 (L. iiioiiadelphuni M.B. var ledebouri Baker)

Found from the Talysh area of eastern Caucasus to the Iranian border. Grows in mountainous terrain and wood clearings at elevations of 3,000-4,500 feet. Perhaps a relic of European lilies, as L. pyrenaicum is considered to be its nearest related variety.

Broad, ovoid bulbs of 2-2- ½ – inches, with white scales. Stem 3-4 feet high with narrow to broad, small, linear leaves, each with three to five veins. One to three vanilla-scented, May/June-blooming, Turk’s Cap flowers 2-2 ½ – inches in diameter, pale-green to yellow-white with dark-purple spots on the lower half of the petal margins. Orange pollen, self-pollinating, seeds ripen July/August, slow germination. Should be planted in loam; transplanting during autumn. A cross with L. caiididum may be possible, (RHS-LYB 1966, Saliwski)

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