Species Lilies

Species lilies, including nomocharis, are here grouped by region and related species are shown alongside each other. A continuing aim is to show diversity within a species and photographs of new forms will be much appreciated. Click on an image to enlarge.

European & Caucasian species – listed in approximate geographical distribution West to East

Eastern North American species

Variation in wild populations is not always apparent to gardeners. The following is a selection of photos of L michiganense taken by Patrck Brown in Midland County, Michigan which illustrates something of the range of form, colour of tepals & spotting to be found within one area:

Western North American species

Sino-Himalayan species

Nomocharis

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that the divergence between Nomocharis and Lilium was the result of habitat specialisation. In recognition of this, Nomocharis are here placed alongside the Sino-Himalayan lilies.

Nomocharis photographed in Yunnan by Alan Mitchell. 

 

Siberian, Japanese & other Asiatic species

Lilium dauricum… or Lilium maculatum ssp. dauricum …  is a particularly variable species in both colour & height but not in the size of the floret. The following photos are from the range of forms grown by Darm Crook.

“Species lily” photo credits: Alisdair Aird, Keith Baldie, George Battle, Patrick Brown, Freddy Byttebier, Darm Crook, Alain Denis,  Rimmer deVries, Leif Fransson, Mel Herbert, Gordon Hogensen, Raymond Hudson, Dick Kammer, Jennifer Kerry, Barbara Knox-Shaw, Jurgen Koch, Charlie Kroell, Alan Mitchell, Joe Nemmer, Lane Spence, Shawn Stegent, Martin Toon, Sonam Wangchen, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones

 

 All photographs are copyright © their owners and used here with permission.