Lilies forum: Who grows Lilium 'Commander in Chief'?

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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Jul 21, 2020 4:07 PM CST
I am hoping someone can tell me if they think this is Lilium 'Commander In Chief'. I am trying to find and permanently mark my Lilies that I have acquired these past 5 years.
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I truly appreciate any yes or no. Thanks for looking at the photos.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jul 21, 2020 4:19 PM CST

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Many red ones simply look alike. But looking straight across at bloom level you should see that Commander in Chief maintains a vase-like shape rather than opening wide like many lilies.

Commander in Chief, low profile views:
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Jul 21, 2020 7:11 PM CST

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I would also say note the long pedicels too. I can't tell from your photos if your red lilies have long pedicels. It's a good idea when photographing during bloom time to get a couple of angles.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Jul 21, 2020 8:30 PM CST
Thank you so much for you insight. I really appreciate it. I so wish I would have put permanent markers by them when I planted them but I was probably thinking, "I will remember when I see them bloom". Now I know "Not so much".
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Jul 21, 2020 8:54 PM CST

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I do understand the thinking "I will remember etc etc.". Story of my lily life... Permanent markers really don't guarantee much, especially after the not so permanent markers (most, after a number of years) become unreadable and again you say to yourself "I will remember the name" Yeah, right!

I try to keep up with keeping my markers current and doing remarkings when I notice a problem but I have way too many lilies to keep up. One of these days I will need to reduce. In fact I will be doing a little of that when I send some to a friend up in Washington this fall. Thumbs up
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Jul 21, 2020 9:15 PM CST
Connie, the problem also is when you think you are getting something and it turns out to be something completely different. I found that out this year when a Lily bloomed and I took a picture of it and of its tag and when I looked it up. It looked nothing like what it was suppose to look like. So I wonder.....Was that my mistake or did I get a mislabeled Lily??? Shrug!
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Jul 21, 2020 9:35 PM CST

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I guess it could go either way... you could have put the wrong label on it or probably more likely it came mislabeled. The cheap bags of lilies at the big box stores are often mislabeled but this can also happen buying directly from the grower. The grower will usually replace or give a credit. It has all happened to me.

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