Lilium pardalinum

Lilium pardalinum

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:
The name comes from the Latin word for “leopard” referring to the spotting on the flower. The species is native to the Pacific Coast of the United States from southern Oregon and southern California. This lily grows to a height of around 1.2 metres and requires well drained soil, even moisture before bloom, and dry soil after bloom and into winter. An interesting aside is that english references refer to this lilium as the “Panther Lily” and Californians refer to as the “Leopard lily”.

Availability:
From specialist bulb suppliers (Van Diemen Bulbs based at Wynyard)

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January 23, 2018