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July 9, 2009

Lilium pardalinum

Filed under: flowers — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 7:26 pm
Lilium pardalinum by Malcolm Allison ,   plant consultant.


This is a spectacular lily, which may grow up to 3m tall & have up to 50 flowers in the wild; but in my garden it’s about 1.3m & has rather fewer flowers.


It comes from Western North American where it grows near springs & streams on acid soils, but in cultivation it is less particular & will grown happily on limy & on drier soils, but it does enjoy moisture.
lily flowers

lily flowers

Like many lilies it grows best with its head in the sun & its feet in the shade ~ as would be the case if you grow it through dwarf shrubs.  Where it is happy, it will steadily build up into long-lived clumps.
Lily beetles can prove a scourge of this plant, reducing the leaves to lacy tatters; the adult beetles are red & conspicuous & easily squashed, as are their slime-covered larvae which also feed on lily plants.

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