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, each with three to five veins. One to three vanilla-scented, May/June-blooming, Turk’s Cap 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, 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)