Lilies forum: unknown tiny lily

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 27, 2011 6:47 PM CST
Plant is only maybe 6 inches tall.
zone 5a

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gwhizz
Oct 27, 2011 9:02 PM CST
pumilum?[colour variations from bright yellow, through to dark red]-i could be wrong Blinking but it looks very similar to the ''yellow bunting''-pumilum that bloomed here..very delicate
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 28, 2011 8:52 AM CST
Just to clarify, Yellow Bunting is of course, yellow. On my screen, the flowers are orange (?) L. pumilum, which so far seems to be the likely candidate, I agree. Color variation is light orange to red, or yellow is rare. You might try supplying us with more to go by. Determining if it is a species or hybrid from a species can be difficult, too, especially without any other info.

How old?
Is it in a pot or in the ground?
Can I see foliage?
Are the buds fuzzy or shiny/smooth?
What time of the season does it bloom?
Where did you get it?
Is it supposed to be a hybrid? A species?

The more informative your question, the better the answer...
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 28, 2011 9:18 AM CST
I had it for 5 or 6 years...didn't come back this year. Somebody who shall remain nameless moved it to some unknown location and it didn't come back.
It was in the ground.
It bloomed mid June.
Foliage...I remember buying it because it resembled a tiny little palm tree. It came up every Spring resembling a tiny palm tree.
Here's a day-time photo:

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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 28, 2011 11:43 AM CST
Still shows up orange for me. I think we can be pretty certain it is Lilium pumilum.

5-6 years seems to be a normal run for the species, known to be relatively short lived. A pity, especially because your was a particularly small clone. It would have been nice to propagate it..
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Oct 28, 2011 11:47 AM CST
It was a beautiful dark orange!
5 - 6 years, eh? ok...so I won't shoot my DH then Big Grin

Thanks for the ID!
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 28, 2011 3:19 PM CST
threegardeners said:
5 - 6 years, eh? ok...so I won't shoot my DH then Big Grin


Although, normally what happens is the bulb sorta peters out over a couple years, or it dies pretty abruptly during the summer and there is no bulb to dig out! Don't be too surprised if it shows up next year. With a tiny lily like that, someone could have weeded the top out accidentally (we've all done that at least once), a rabbit ate the yummy sprout, or maybe it just didn't bloom, and since no one knows exactly where it was planted, you just didn't notice it Confused

The other possibility is the "skip a year" syndrome, especially known with martagon lilies. People call it sulking, where the bulb just decides it is not going to sprout above ground for a season (maybe even two), and comes up happy as can be the next year. Really, what happens is the bulb doesn't have the root structure to support the growth it has preprogrammed for that year. So rather than try to produce a poor quality plant and flower, it just concentrated on roots for a great display the following year. There are other reasons for sulking, but this is by far the most common.

Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Oct 28, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! so I might just see it yet!! next summer of course...thanks for the positive, happy thought!

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