Species Lilies

Species lilies, which include Nomocharis, are here grouped by region and related species are shown alongside each other. We are keen to show diversity within a species so photographs of new forms would be much appreciated. Click on an image to enlarge.

Eastern North American species | Western North American species | Sino-Himalayan species | Nomocharis | Siberian, Japanese & other Asiatic species

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


There is a growing body of scientific evidence that the distinction between Nomocharis and Lilium was the result of habitat specialisation. Accordingly, Nomocharis are in the process of being re-named as lilies and 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, Prof. Leonid V Averyanov, Keith Baldie, George Battle, Patrick Brown, Freddy Byttebier, Darm Crook, Alain Denis,  Rimmer deVries, Barry Francis, Leif Fransson, Mel Herbert, Gordon Hogensen, Raymond Hudson, Prof. Dr. Nursel Ikinci, Dick Kammer, Jennifer Kerry, Barbara Knox-Shaw, Jurgen Koch, Karl Kristensen, Charlie Kroell, Preston Ling, Alan Mitchell, Joe Nemmer, Bjornar Olsen, Peter Shotter, Lane Spence, Shawn Stegent, David Thrun, Martin Toon, Sonam Wangchen, Oliver Wyatt, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones


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