|Spent seedheads, shown here in late November, have their own charm |
|Almost out of place in the late summer garden, surrounded by the yellows and tans of neighboring plants |
Large trumpet-shaped flowers on upright stalks. Ours are blooming in their second summer, but are nowhere near the six foot stature that references say they will attain. Impressive flowers, though, and the long striped buds are cool too. It's later to return than many other lilies (ours just started peeking up in late April), so be patient with it...
perennial bulb (Z5-8)
||likes rich soil, not too dry
||easy, germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Patsy||Aug 23, 2009||If this is the lily that I think it is, my books say that it grows to 6 inches, not feet. I left a seed pod on the plant over winter, tipped it out onto a pot of compost and have just pricked out 111 plants, which are growing away well.|
|Isabel sheridan gimmel||Feb 27, 2011||I just love this flower its just sooo amazing i always pick them off the side of the road :)|
|Emma Bunney||Oct 24, 2011||I do that aswell Isabel :) Its so fun, i love collecting them |
|David Shaw||Jan 10, 2013||The plant that Patsy is refering to is L.f.pricei, a beautiful dwarf subspecies. |
|Maria||May 13, 2013||Lilium Formosanum is hardy to zone 5; I live in a zone 4. Can I get it to survive the winter? I live at 7200 feet, we have days of frost September - early June.|
You can always try to provide extra protection (a sheltered spot, or a good mulch covering). Reliable snow cover will help, too. Good luck!
- Seed AHS exchange Feb04. Baggy, 70F (89%G, 8-11d)
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (84%G, 9-12d)
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (28%G, 25-27d). Radicles developed, but no top growth. Apparently seed loses viability quickly.
- Tried seed from '06 and '07 garden harvest, baggy 70F (24d). No luck.
- Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (70%G, 9-19d)
- Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (55%G, 13-29d)
- Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (35%G, 16-26d). Weak seedling development
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 3w)
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