Lily Bulb Description
"Yama-Yuri" in Japan, Lilium auratum and it's variants have had more influence over the years on modern Oriental Hybrids than any other species. Described by some as "The Queen of Lilies" it is distributed mainly on the island of Honshu, Lilium auratum and its naturally varied forms are breath-taking, not only in their native wild habitat, but are also beautiful beyond compare in the home garden.
Flowering into August in cooler regions, Lilium auratum extends the Oriental bloom well into the summer. Enjoying a soil PH of 5.5 to 6.5, they can become garden giants reaching 6 feet or more in fertile, well drained soil. Bulbs of Lilium auratum variants 'platyphyllum' and 'virginale' are most commonly found. Lilium auratum "blood" can be found in such famous hybrids as the Imperials from Jan de Graaff, as well as the now lost, 'Empress of Japan' and 'Empress of India.'