'L. leucanthum var. centifolium' (Lilium)
Lily Bulb Description
One of the most highly prized Chinese trumpets, this species has played a major role in producing today's trumpet hybrids, being used by Jan de Graaff in his famous, 'Black Dragon' and other trumpets known worldwide. In actuality, 'Black Dragon' is simply Lilium leucanthum centifolium, with the De Graaff selection 'M-12' being used as the seed parent for this strain. This species can reach heights exceeding 8 feet. Flowers are off-white on the inside and carry varying amounts of pink-purple to brown on the reverse of the petals. It requires well drained soils and some protection from winter rains in mild climates. It can be slow to settle in, especially during cool springs.
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