Wild Lily: L. monadelphum Marschall von Bicberstein 1808

Mostly found growing in the black leaf-mould of beech woods, up to an altitude of 7,000 feet in north Caucasus, from Maikop to Kuban.

It is one of the earliest lilies and already in flower during mid-June. The stem only rises 2 feet-2 feet 6 inches in nature, but up to 4 feet in cultivation; short pedicels carry 5-20 strongly scented, pendulous, wide-open, pure-yellow, pale-lilac, spotted, trumpet-shaped blooms. The unusual arrangement of the conjoined stamens around the ovary gave rise to its Latin name monadelphum, which means single brotherhood. The fairly large bulb is egg-shaped. Free-draining loam soils

which have been enriched with leaf-mould provide the best growing medium for this lily, which dislikes being transplanted – in fact suffers as a result of it. If it has to be moved, autumn is the best time; an alternative is to raise it from its readily germinating seeds. Reports state that crosses with L. bulbifenun and L. x maculatuin are possible, (RHS-LYB 1966, Saliwski)

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