Wild Lily: L. macuhtum Thunberg 1794

According to the Japanese botanist Moto’o Shimizu (NALS-LYB 1960) this name belongs to a lily growing on the Japanese north island of Hokkaido. It grows, nearly without exception, on the island’s Pacific coast on sand, among rocks and grass, and always in open situations. From the east coast, where it flowers earlier, it penetrates a little deeper inland and up to a height of 3,000 feet, but its normal flowering period extends from the end of May until the beginning of August. The three to 12 blooms are relatively large, and are supported by a stem 1-3 feet long. The saucer-shaped flowers are mostly orange-red and heavily speckled. When this lily grows on rock faces, the stem is often in a horizontal position, and bears the flowers in erect form. It seems that this lily likes acid soils, because the companion plant is Eriophomin vaginatum.

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