echoes's blog: The Horticultural Classification of Lilies

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 10:32 PM

From my journal Feb, 2005

Division 1
Hybrids derived from such species or hybrid groups as:

L. 'amabile, L. bulbiferum, L. cernuum, L. concolor, L. davidii, L. lancifolium, L. leichtlinii, L. pumilum, L. x maculatum, L. x hollandicum

......................or (newer source)..............................

also callosum, dauricum, lankongense, wilsonii, excluding x maculatum and x hollandicum

Division 1 (a)
Upright-facing flowers, single, one or several in an umbel or raceme (often compressed)

'Enchantment', 'Apollo', 'Prominence', 'Yellow Blaze'

Division 1 (b)
Outward-facing flowers

'Fire King', King Pete', 'Corsage'

Division 1 (c)
Downward-facing flowers

Citronella, 'Pegasus', 'Barbara North'


Division 2
Hybrids of Martagon type with parentage most from L. martagon form and/or L. hansonii

'Marhan', Backhouse Hybrids, 'Sutton Court'

......................................or .....................................

...from the following species and their varieties:

L. hansonii, martagon, medeoloides, tsingtauense



Division 3
Hybrids derived from L. candidum, L. chalcedonicum, L. monadelphum and other European species (not martagon types)

x testaceum, 'Limerick', 'Uprising'



Division 4
Hybrids of American species

'Shuksan', 'Robin', Bellingham Hybrids

.........................or...................................

.........mostly originating from from the western American species L. bolanderi, L. humboldtii, L. kellogii, L. pardalinum and L. parryi


Division 5
Hybrids derived from L. longiflorum and L. formosanum (most all L. longiflorum x Asiatic Hybrids) LA's

'Casa Rosa'

...............................................or....................................

(Ed McRae's book says L. longiflorum and Asiatic Hybrids(Div. 1). He explains the uses of L. formosanum. His information makes more sense but not sure they went through with this proposal. Most catalogues put LA's in Div 8

Division 5 (a)
.....or

Upright-facing flowers


Division 5 (b)
......or

Outward-facing flowers

Division 5 (c)
(no entry)
.....or

Pendent or downward-facing flowers



Division 6
Hybrid trumpet lilies and Aurelian hybrids derived from Asiatic species such as L. henryi, but not those from L. auratum, speciosum, japonicum and rubellum

................................................. or ........................................

Hybrids derived from the following Chinese species with purple bulbs: L. leucanthum, L. regale, L. sargentiae, L. sulphureum, L. henryi

Division 6 (a)
Those with trumpet-shaped flowers--------'Black Dragon', Pink Perfection', Damson'

......... or ..........

Upright-facing flowers


Division 6 (b)
Those with bowl-shaped flowers-----'Heart's Desire', 'First Love', 'Lady Anne'

......... or ..........

(Outward-facing flowers)


Division 6 (c)
Those with flat flowers------'Bright Star', 'Golden Sunburst', 'White Henryi'

........or .......

Downward-facing flowers


Division 6 (d)
Distinctly recurved flowers

'Lady Bowes Lyon'

........or.........
(no entry)



Division 7
Hybrids of Far-Eastern species such as:

L. auratum, japonicum, rubellum, speciosum, including any of these hybrids with L. henryi

...........................................or...................................................

.....the following species and their varieties:

L. alexandrae, auratum, japonicum, noblissimum, rubellum, speciosum

Division 7 (a)
Those with trumpet-shaped flowers-----'Angelo', 'Joy', 'Mr. Sam'

...............or..................

Upward-facing flowers


Division 7 (b)
Those with bowl-shaped flowers-----'Casa Blanca', Devon Dawn', Trance'

..................or.....................

Outward-facing flowers


Division 7 (c)
Those with flat flowers----'Star Gazer', 'Pink Beauty', 'Imperial Crimson'

....................or......................

Downward-facing flowers


Division 7 (d)
Those with recurving flowers-------'Sans Souci', Journey's End', 'Black Beauty'

..........or

(no entry)


Division 8
Hybrids not provided for in any other division

...........................or.........................

Orienpet Hybrids

derived from the crossing of species and hybrids from Division 6 and Division 7(yes)


8 (a) Upward-facing flowers
8 (b) Outward-facing flowers
8 (c) Downward-facing flowers



Division 9
All species, their varieties and forms

.................or................

All true species and their botanical varieties



Division 10
or...

Miscellaneous hybrids - all not covered in the above divisions
.......................................................................................................-

Sometimes a lily will be described using something like 1 c/d, which would be a combination of old and new - Asiatic with pendent or down facing recurved flowers. The first letter referring to the way the flower faces and the second referring to the shape of the flower.

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