Plant ID forum: Really Big Lily

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Rich
Jul 30, 2014 4:16 PM CST
It's 11.7 feet tall. Growing up from my blackberry patch. There are others reaching out from the woodline nearby.

Can anyone tell me interesting stuff about it?

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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 30, 2014 5:14 PM CST
There's this one called simply "Giant Lily" Giant Lily (Cardiocrinum giganteum) but yours don't have the red splash inside the trumpets.

There's also a Giant Himalayan Lily, and it has an entry in our database but no picture or info. I know I saw it in a catalog not too long ago but this is the only entry I can find with a picture. This one says it can get to 10ft. so, might be the one. Check the rosette of leaves at the base, that seems to be a clue to the ID as at least a Cardiocrinum.

http://www.burpee.com/perennials/lilies/lily-giant-himalayan...

Welcome to ATP and hope this helps you out, it's really pretty whatever it is!
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Cantillon
Jul 30, 2014 5:40 PM CST

Yep, looks like cardiocrinum giganteum to me as well.

Takes seven years or so to flower from a seed, then the main stem dies, and you get offshoots at the base that may flower in about three years. You can lift them and move them at that time, and sashay them into a great space in your garden (dappled shade).

These are not common, so if you manage to get them into your garden ,you will have at least one plant of note to cause admiration in your neighbours.
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All the best.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 30, 2014 6:00 PM CST
Sure looks to be Cardiocrinum. How about C. cordatum ... another giant:

Giant Lily (Cardiocrinum cordatum)

http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/view_seed_item/3211?i...

http://www.plantdelights.com/Cardiocrinum-cordatum-var-glehn...

http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Cardiocrinum
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valleylynn
Jul 30, 2014 7:17 PM CST
I wonder if it could be this one?
http://www.plantdelights.com/Lilium-formosanum-Giant-Form-fo...
http://piedmontgardener.com/tag/formosa-lily/
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plantladylin
Jul 30, 2014 8:03 PM CST
Lynn, you might have nailed it. There are a few in the database with photo's for comparison: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Lilium+formosa&bu...
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valleylynn
Jul 30, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Thank you for the link Lin. I thought I recognized it from a few years ago. I really wanted to add one to the edge of my woodland, but life got in the way.
Sure is an amazing plant.

Rich
Jul 31, 2014 6:29 AM CST
valleylynn said:I wonder if it could be this one?
http://www.plantdelights.com/Lilium-formosanum-Giant-Form-fo...
]http://piedmontgardener.com/tag/formosa-lily/


That looks most like it. Here is a pic of its sun-hungry kinfolk reaching out from the treeline nearby.

The supersizing could be because the blackberries force it to reach high and then support it when it gets there?

Thanks, everyone, for the responses.
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valleylynn
Jul 31, 2014 8:18 AM CST
What a wonderful treasure to find growing in your yard.
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Seedfork
Jul 31, 2014 8:38 AM CST
If they are the Formosa lilies. then watch the seed pods, they are full of seeds and you can have hundreds of plants in a short while.
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Leftwood
Jul 31, 2014 8:45 AM CST
It can't be any cardiocrinum anyway: the leaves aren't right at all.

Even in cold Minnesota where Lilium formosanum often does not survive, I've seen them seven feet.
I am confident that is L. formosanum. They are naturalizing in parts of the southern US. It doesn't look like you'll have any problems keeping it going.
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pardalinum
Jul 31, 2014 12:08 PM CST
Agree... L. formosanum. It is one lily that does well in warmer climates. Easy from seed.

Rich
Jul 31, 2014 12:27 PM CST
Leftwood said:It can't be any cardiocrinum anyway: the leaves aren't right at all.

Even in cold Minnesota where Lilium formosanum often does not survive, I've seen them seven feet.
I am confident that is L. formosanum. They are naturalizing in parts of the southern US. It doesn't look like you'll have any problems keeping it going.


Forgive my lily ignorance, but can I dig bulbs from these plants in the fall and replant them in the spring? Last year I took a few seeds from one that reached out from the woodline, but the seeds didn't grow for me. Maybe I took them too soon?

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Moonhowl
Aug 1, 2014 7:05 PM CST
A bit of general info for you Rich. Hope you find it helpful. Welcome!

http://www.floridata.com/ref/l/lili_for.cfm

http://text.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/2010/april/get_it_g...

http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/how-to-plant-lil...
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Cantillon
Aug 3, 2014 1:56 AM CST
I agree, on review the leaves are not right for cardiocrinum. Sorry for the misleading info.
I tip my hat to you.

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