Wild Lily: L. leucanthum Baker 1901

The original lily of this name, first brought to England from the Chinese province of Hupeh by Augustine Henry during 1889, is now lost; only two varieties still exist – centifolium and chloraster.

L. leucanthum var. centifolium Stearn 1935 (L. centifolium Stapf). Reginald Farrer found the first two specimens, as garden plants, during 1914 in southern Kansu; he brought two seed capsules back with him, from which all known plants of this name originate. The stem, up to TO feet tall, carries 10 to 17 large, white, scented, funnel-shaped, horizontally

held flowers disposed in a raceme which are pale-yellow inside and carry pink-purple or brownish markings on the outside. The anthers and pollen are red-brown, the pistil and filaments slightly downy, the stem covered with numerous dark-green, linear leaves. Round bulbs of average diameter I inches, red-brown scales, winter-hardy, needs better than average drainage and overhead protection from excessive wetness during the winter months. Flowers during July and August.

L. leucanthum var. chloraster Wilson 1925. Introduced by A. Henry from Hupeh. Grows about 3 feet tall with white, funnel-shaped, green-keeled flowers. Red-brown pollen, July/August-flowering.

Both varieties cross with L. regale; var. chloraster crossed witli L. henryi gave the now-lost L. x hewensc.

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