Wild Lily: L. pyrenaicum Gouan 1773

The name indicates the Pyrenees origin of this relatively early known lily (1598), which flourishes in northern Spain, the eastern Pyrenees, and

south-western France (Tarn) on wood margins, in meadows and on mountains (1,500-4,500 feet). It is even found growing wild in the hedgerows of England. The broad, round bulb of about 2– inches diameter has yellowish-white scales. Numerous linear-lanceolate leaves -too many in relation to the small blooms – grow on the 1-4 feet high stem. The unpleasant-smelling, pendulous, one to 12, strongly reflexed Turk’s Cap flowers are greenish-yellow and marked with weak, black speckles. Dark-orange pollen, flowers early from the end of May until June, germinates slowly and is multiplied from cither seeds, bulb-scales or by division. Grows well in heavy loam with high humus content; tolerates lime, full sun or half-shade.

L. pyrenaicum var. rubriun is the more beautiful, with its orange-red, brown-spotted flowers, and is considered as typicuin, while the yellow-flowering form is the variant. Grows wild in the Burgos region of Spain.

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