James H. Schutte
Tiger lily is a summer blooming perennial with large, nodding, orange-red flowers covered with black spots. This popular old-fashioned perennial originates from China, Korea and Japan but has been cultivated in the West since the Eighteenth Century.
Like most lilies, Lilium lancifolium is borne from scaled bulbs that are easily dug and replanted. Each bulb produces tall, upright stems lined with narrow, lance-shaped glossy green leaves. In summer, the stems become topped with long,...
James H. Schutte
The Easter lily is widely admired for its large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers with breathtaking fragrance. This semi-hardy perennial originates from the coastal beaches of southern Japan and Taiwan. Before World War II, American florists imported its bulbs from Japan for spring forcing, but during the war Japanese supplies were cut off—forcing domestic companies to invest in their own production. Since then, U.S. production and marketing have made it the quintessential spring holiday plant.
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The classic Easter lily, 'Nellie White', is the most popular cultivated variety forced for the spring holiday season. It grows with a slightly shorter but sturdier stem with fewer, broader leaves. The flower buds are fewer at stem tips, but are comparatively larger and longer. Less concern with leaf tip burn on 'Nellie White' is noted in greenhouse production.
The Easter lily is widely admired for its large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers with breathtaking fragrance. This semi-hardy perennial...
(Philadelphia Lily, Wood Lily)
A site to behold with its vase-shaped, spotted flowers and whorls of light green leaves, wood lily is a native American lily ideal for garden culture. This herbaceous perennial is native to prairies and open forests across North America, save those in the far west. In fact, it is the most widely distributed native lily in North America. In some highly urbanized and agricultural states, wild populations are threatened due to overgrazing and wild collection.
The reddish stems of wood lily grow...
James H. Schutte
Japanese lily produces magnificent, fragrant, curvaceous flowers atop tall leafy stems in late summer. This hardy perennial from eastern China and Japan is a knockout! Stems often have a slight purplish tint to them and are topped by 6-15 buds. Flowers are broad and beautiful: usually pendulous, they have recurved petals and are tinted rosy-pink and white with dark red freckles. The anthers are light green and terminate in large maroon anthers teeming with pollen.
Japanese lily performs best...
American Turk's cap lily blooms in late summer with curving orange-red and spotted flowers that hang downward, nodding in the breeze. Hailing from the moist meadows and woods of the eastern United States, this lily can have as many as 40 flowers on one stem. Leaves are an attractive green in color, narrow yet pointed and are arranged in many number in whorls on the stem. Swallowtail and frittilary butterflies love to visit this lily's flowers.
Turk's cap lily needs a moist and rich soil, preferably...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Naked Ladies, Spiderlily, Surprise Lily)
This highly ornamental genus is made up of approximately 15 to 20 beautiful lily-flowered ornamentals. These bulbous perennials are members of the Amaryllis family and exist in temperate regions from the Middle East to China and Japan.
The great majority have a temporal separation between the time they produce foliage and the time when they flower. More specifically, most put forth dense clumps of strap-like foliage in the spring or early summer, which quickly disappears. The flowers appear on...
(Spiderlily, Sunshine Hybrid Spiderlily)
A showy hybrid spiderlily, 'Sunshine' bears its lemon-yellow flowers in the latter half of summer. Atop naked stems, four to six large, yellow flowers that look somewhat like daylily blossoms appear. The flowers have six slightly wavy, recurved petals (tepals) with long, upswept, whisker-like stamens at their centers. Hummingbirds and insect pollinators are drawn to the flowers. The green, strap-like leaves appear in fall, winter or spring, but die away by midsummer before the flowering season begins...