Lilies forum: Whats wrong with my lily?

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 29, 2015 11:15 PM CST
im going to assume its a fungal problem. odd thing is, the two plants that are this way are the only ones in the pot to have it. anything to worry about?
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Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
May 29, 2015 11:25 PM CST
Nothing wrong. It looks like something called pubescence to me. It's just little hairs on the buds. A lot of lilies get it.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
May 30, 2015 7:13 AM CST
Yes, it's completely normal, and often beautiful.
These pics, each of a different plant:

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 30, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Rick - so im assuming it wont affect the flowering...?
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
May 30, 2015 10:04 PM CST
riverman123 said:Rick - so im assuming it wont affect the flowering...?

Well actually, yes, it might. But in a good way!

The likely evolutionary rationale is for protection from the cold.
"Excessive" hairiness is a common coping mechanism for plants that do their growing in the cold. I took this photo in wild Minnesota (zone 4) on March 10th:

Pulsatilla patens
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 30, 2015 10:37 PM CST
interesting. ive never had a lily, regardless of weather conditions, that had grey hair on it! first time.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
May 30, 2015 10:47 PM CST

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One of my furry Asiatics is 'Accent', bred by Ed McRae:

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