Lilium cernuum

Lilium cernuum

If only we had more space to grow many liliums. Perhaps the garden needs a mezzanine floor.  Such a structure would solve most of our space problems… and grow more liliums.

There are plenty of online resources in relation to the selection and cultivation of species and hybrid liliums. You can also go retro by obtaining relatively cheap books on the subjects. In view of this our general comments will be brief.

Lliliums need a well-drained location with at least half a day of sunshine. If it’s too shady, the stems will stretch and lean towards the sun; trumpet lilies (regales) are the most shade sensitive. Lilies love full sun, as long as the bulbs are deep enough to keep cool when temperatures soar. Good air circulation and spacing of the plants will control disease. If you do see brown spots on the leaves, use any fungicide recommended for roses.

Description and Distribution
This species is from Korea and Manchuria. Flowers are pale pink to lilac and have a very light mild scent. This lily grows from 33 to 50 cm  tall and can have up to eight buds per stem but usually has three to five down facing fully recurved florets. It is perfectly cold hardy.  Cernuum derives from the Latin cernuus meaning falling face down; for flowers drooping or nodding.

Background:
References indicate that the Russian botanist Komarov was the first to describe this species (1901).

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January 23, 2018