Lilium henryi var. citrinum

Lilium henryi var. citrinum

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:
It likes a well drained, fertile garden loam and full sun. Flower colour is yellow. Height, growth habit and cultivation is the same as L. henryi.

It is of garden origin and introduced in 1936. References suggest that this lilium was first described by English physician, botanist, and entomologist Alexander Wallace (1829 – 1899). After qualifying as a Medical Practitioner he commenced practice in London, and was physician to the Middlesex Free Hospital. Afterwards he moved to Colchester, and for some years held an official appointment there, which he gave up, and started bulb growing and his sons have a very large and prosperous business of this nature at Colchester; he resumed his medical practice in the same town. It appears that he continued to work as an agent for new introductions of lilies and orchids. His company “The New Plant and Bulb Company” supplied lilies to Gertrude Jekyll. 

Availability:
From our nursery.