Wild Lily: L. superbum Linnaeus 1762

From the eastern United States, already known in London in 1738, and included in Species Plantannn by Linnaeus in 1762. It ranges from Massachusetts in the east and Indiana in the midwest to Alabama and Florida in the south, and is especially numerous on the Atlantic coast, where it is found in rich and damp humus on grassy slopes, acid meadows and marshes.

The round, pointed, white bulb is mounted on strong stolons. Lanceolate leaves, in whorls, clothe the purple stem, which in cultivation rises to almost 1.0 feet and carries a pyramid-shaped head of up to 40 long-petiolcd, large, nodding, Turk’s Cap blooms of orange-yellow with carmine petal tips; speckled-brown throat, green star at base of flower. The colour of the flowers is variable, and many yellow-shaded forms have been observed, as well as pure-red, collected by Mrs J. Norman Henry. Flowers during July/August; slow germination; susceptible to virus. It does well if grown in the open, provided it is planted 6-8 inches deep, on a gravel base and in damp, lime-free soil -preferably among low-growing shrubs but with the stem exposed to the full sun.

Crossed with L. canadense and L. michauxii.

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