Anybody know this Lily?

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Allison
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Anybody know this Lily?

This lily suddenly appeared near a compost pile where I am pretty sure I emptied some un-germinated seed pots some years ago. It's gorgeous, but what is it? The seed likely came from one of the exchanges, maybe even the NARGS one.

Allison
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Here is a picture of the stalk and the leaves. Sorry, did it wrong the first time!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Mark McD
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Lis, I'm a total newbie when it comes to Lilium, but it is a real beauty, and I like the fine-textured foliage too!  I'll be staying tuned to this topic to see if someone else knows.  Possibly Rick will know, he's an experienced lily fan.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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Lilium pumilum, I would think... beautiful!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Yes, it is definitely Lilium pumilum.  A fairly quick and easy one to grow from seed.  And a very nice specimen you have!  The species is not known to be long lived, usually petering out in about 5 years or so.  Look around, maybe you have more...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Allison
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Thank you! Now I can figure out where to put it. I'll hope for seeds because I'm sure it is the only one, I searched the area yesterday but there were no others. It is a lovely thing so I'll hope for seeds!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Hoy
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Lis wrote:

This lily suddenly appeared near a compost pile where I am pretty sure I emptied some un-germinated seed pots some years ago. It's gorgeous, but what is it? The seed likely came from one of the exchanges, maybe even the NARGS one.

Reminds me of years long gone! When I was a kid I checked my granddad's and his neighbors' compostpiles to see if they contained anything worthy ;D (I remember finding tulips, crocuses and other bulbs there) I never found anything like that lily :o

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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Most true lilies are self-infertile, but there are some exceptions.  Fortunately for you, Lis, Lilium pumilum is one of these few and will self pollinate.  Lilium pumilum also has the ability to produce apomictic seed, that is, seed that is produced even though pollination did not occur.  But I don't think anyone really knows why or what might actually spur this particular type of seed production.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Gene Mirro
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If you want to keep it going, don't let it set too much seed.  One or two seed pods is OK. 

This is a fairly common lily in seed lists.  You might even be able to buy bulbs. 

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

Lori S.
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Yes, it's not usually hard to find from the many Canadian lily bulb growers.  The Lily Nook, for one,  has it.

An amazing surprise to find in the composter, regardless!!!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Gene Mirro
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What, you don't find electric orange lilies in your compost every day?  ;)

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

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