Wild Lily: L. wallichiamini Schultes 1830

A white Himalayan trumpet lily found at heights of 3,000-4,500 feet and over a wide area from Kumaon to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Assam.

Small colonies of it grow among the limestone ridges in conifer woods, as well as among scrub and grass. Its purple-coloured bulb usually lies 8-10 inches below ground level. The stem first wanders underground and builds bulblets on the intcrnodcs before rising through the soil

surface to a height of 3-6 feet. It carries numerous dark-green, grasslike leaves, and one or more cream-white flowers with an outer flushing of green. The narrow-tubed bloom, 7—8- ½ inches long, widens, trumpet-like, to a width of 6-8 inches; yellow pollen. This handsome lily, perhaps the latest of all to burst into growth – often not until July – is unfortunately not winter-hardy in Europe, but can be raised from seed and bulblets as cither a pot or cool greenhouse plant. It is named after the Danish botanist Wallich (1786-1854), who first described it. (RHS-LYB 1951-52, F. Kingdon Ward)

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