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Paintedtrillium
May 27, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Hi! The foliage on one of my Asiatic lilies is nearly black when it is typically green. Could this be frost damage? a disease? I'll add photos to illustrate the problem, as well as a past photo beneath which shows it healthier. Thank you!


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Lucius93
May 27, 2020 3:44 PM CST
Seems fine to me. I see healthy buds inside. A lot of fertilizing can cause dark foliage.
Let's see what other members think.
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Australis
May 27, 2020 6:15 PM CST

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Interesting. I don't know what causes this, but some of my Aurelian hybrids regularly started out with quite dark foliage when they first emerge (and sometimes maintain it for weeks), although usually it fades to the normal green by the time they flower. It seems to be partially genetic, as it's the same ones each year, too.
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Leftwood
May 27, 2020 7:29 PM CST
When did you originally plant it?
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Paintedtrillium
Jun 7, 2020 7:30 AM CST
Hi! Thank you all for looking at this!

I didn't plant it. It spontaneously appeared about five or so years ago. This may be a seedling descendant of ones I grew years ago before the lily beetles arrived in Maine. I had lillies in a bed about twenty yards away.

The color has been green each year until now. Sometimes it blooms with five flowers and sometimes with three.

I had not added fertilizer. We had two snowstorms since it emerged...one was plowable.

It looks like a number of baby lilies are coming up around it. 🙂
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Paintedtrillium
Jun 22, 2020 8:33 PM CST
Australis said:Interesting. I don't know what causes this, but some of my Aurelian hybrids regularly started out with quite dark foliage when they first emerge (and sometimes maintain it for weeks), although usually it fades to the normal green by the time they flower. It seems to be partially genetic, as it's the same ones each year, too.


Thank you for sharing your observations of your Aurelian lily hybrids, Australis.

I think my lily may be acting similarly. Right now the foliage is green and the stem and tips are dark. It looks healthy! I'll be interested to watch this in future years. Gardening is so fascinating!

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Paintedtrillium
Jul 6, 2020 2:19 PM CST
The dark stem lightened to a pretty deep red. :)


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Leftwood
Jul 6, 2020 3:57 PM CST
Thanks for following up on this, PintedTrillium. I'll bet if you make it a point to notice, you'll find the early darkened foliage happens every year, but the degree of darkness can vary from year to year. It's a common trait on many kinds of plants, not just lilies.
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