Wild Lily: L. poiiipoiiinm Linnaeus 1753

This European lily, described by Clusius in 1601 and by Parkinson in 1629, comes from the French Maritime Alps between Nice and

Vcntimiglia, where it grows on limestone cliffs, in full sun, among grass and witch hazel on fairly dry ground.

The ovoid bulb has a diameter of 1-4-2 inches, and is cream in colour. The purple-flushed stem, 16-20 inches long, is thickly set with small, silver-margined, grass-like, linear leaves. Up to 10 pendulous, red-lead coloured, Turk’s Cap flowers which are marked with small dark spots. Vermilion pollen, unpleasant smell, June-flowering, germinates slowly; multiplication by seeds and bulb-scales; should be planted in full sun on loam soil previously prepared with leaf-mould and limestone chippings.

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