Lilium candidum

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Lilium candidum, Linn. Annunciation Lily. Bourbon Lily. Lent Lily. Madonna Lily. St. Joseph's Lily. Bulb globular or nearly so, 2—4 in. diam., white, tinged pale yellow: st. 2-4 ft. high, smooth deep green: leaves 60-100 or more, lower ones horizontal, 6-9 in. long, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 in. wide, appearing in autumn, upper ones gradually becoming smaller, those just below the infl. only 1 in. long, 1/2 in. wide: flowers 3-20, 3-4 in. long and as wide, delicately fragrant, pure waxy white; anthers yellow. Late June, July. S. Eu. and S. W. Asia, from the island of Corsica to the Caucasus Mts. and N. Persia. —Considered by many to be the lily of the Bible. It is of easy cultured in almost any soil or location and is also largely used for forcing. There are several varieties, all of which are rare, however, and none of them is superior to the type. Var. foliis albo-marginatis, Hort., has the leaves broadly edged pale yellow. Var. flore-pleno, Hort. (var. monstrosum, Hort., var. spicatum, Hort.), produces abortive flowers with white, dilated bracts; it is worth growing only as a curiosity. Var. maculatum, Hort. (var. striatum, Hort.), produces flowers which are streaked and veined purple on the outside; sometimes the leaves also show the same variegation. Var. peregrinum, Linn. (var. byzantinum, Hort.), is of more slender growth than the type, with purple-tinged sts., narrower leaves and narrower, longer perianth-segms. Var. speciosum, Hort., is of smaller growth than the type, with purple-tinged sts. and comes into bloom about 2 weeks later; otherwise it is similar. CH

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