Lilium longiflorum by Malcolm Allison
Lilium longiflorum is the Easter Lily, a native of the islands of southern Japan, where it grows in pockets in coral rock. It grows to 1 metre and the pure white flowers are heavily scented.
Lilium longiflorum grows happily in the garden in a sunny or semi-shaded spot. It is one of a group of white trumpet lilies. L. formosasum and L. philippinense are similar, but the trumpets are flushed with brown on the outside. There are also hybrids between these species, such as ‘White Swan.’
This lily is easily grown from seed and will flower within a year, if fed and watered well. It is not long-lived and is prone to virus infections, so it is best replaced with fresh stock regularly.
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