Unknown lily

Submitted by Cockcroft on

This lily bloomed for the first time this year from seed.  Of course, I've lost the label.  It resembles Lilium pardalinum but the leaves are wrong.  Can anyone supply a name?  Thanks!



Submitted by RickR on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:47

I can't say about this one, but maybe whorled versus scattered leaf arrangement isn't so telling.  I have some mature martagons from seed that have scattered leaves, too.  The second pic shows two stems from the same plant, yet one is whorled leaves and the other doesn't.


Hi, David,

I posted it on the SRGC first -- only Fermi replied; he guessed it was an American species but didn't know which.  It's a very nice lily, but it will have to remain "sp."


Submitted by RickR on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:03

I asked Gene Mirro if he could lend an opinion.  This is his reply:

About Claire's photo:  she doesn't say where the seed comes from.  That's kind of important.  If it's garden-collected, the plant could be anything imaginable.  The other problem is that I'm not good at ID.  I just grow them.  I've grown a couple of westerns that have narrow leaves:  wigginsi and shastense.  Beyond that, I can't say.  Even in nature, there are a lot of hybrids.

Submitted by RickR on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 19:44

Flora of North America says wigginsii and shastense can have scattered leaves.



I looked at a lot of photos of Lilium pardalinum subspecies -- no conclusive match, but since I have sown seeds of lots of L. pardalinum in many forms, it's likely some version of it.  smiley  Thanks for the help!