Wild Lily: L. neilgherrense Wight 1853

Grows further south than any other lily, and comes from the southern Indian mountains Nilgiri, Pulney, and Cardamon (6,000-8,500 feet).

The round bulbs of 4-inch diameter have brown-margined, yellow scales. Dark-green, lanceolate leaves grow from the thrcc-fect-long stem, which carries one or two heavily scented trumpet flowers, 7-10 inches long, positioned at right angles to the main stem. They are pure-white with yellow throat, reflexed, and at their best between August and September.

Unsuitable for growing in the open – should be reserved for pot culture or the cool greenhouse. The stem runs underground, and produces bulblets. Prefers pure leaf-mould and damp atmosphere.

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