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Lilium formosanum

 
Lilium formosanum
formosa lily
Spent seedheads, shown here in late November, have their own charm
Lilium formosanum
Almost out of place in the late summer garden, surrounded by the yellows and tans of neighboring plants

Common name formosa lily
Family liliaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z5-8)
Flowers white (August)
Size 6'
Light full sun
Cultural notes likes rich soil, not too dry
From seed easy, germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-November

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...

formosa lily
Lilium formosanum

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed AHS exchange Feb04. Baggy, 70F (89%G, 8-11d)
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (84%G, 9-12d)
  3. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (28%G, 25-27d). Radicles developed, but no top growth. Apparently seed loses viability quickly.
  4. Tried seed from '06 and '07 garden harvest, baggy 70F (24d). No luck.
  5. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (70%G, 9-19d)
  6. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (55%G, 13-29d)
  7. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (35%G, 16-26d). Weak seedling development
  8. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 3w)


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