Lilium Canadense (Lily)

Lilium Canadense Seeds (Lily Seeds)


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This graceful Lily blooms in late June or early July, producing up to 15-20 fragrant flowers per plant.


Lilium canadense is one of the most elegant Lily species. The seeds have been wild collected in Quebec and New Brunswick. It is a magnificent tall perennial woodland Lily, growing to a height of 2-5 feet tall. Flowers are nodding, flared and trumpet-shaped, from yellow to orange-red with dark spots. This graceful Lily blooms in late June or early July, producing up to 15-20 fragrant flowers per plant, 2-3" wide, with 3 petals and 3 sepals which recurve upward from the nodding flowers. The flowers are hermaphrodite, they have both male and female organs. Deciduous foliage, leaves 15 cm long; lanceolate, in whorls of 4 to 10, with veins beneath. Lilies form a bulb. Hardiness zones 3-8, (-37°C/-35°F, -10°C/15°F) in Winter. Grow on in full sun to dappled shade in any good garden soil with adequate drainage. Prefers an acidic, moist, well-drained soil such as a sand-peat moss-loam mix with a gravelly bottom. Water regularly; do not overwater. It can be found mostly in slightly dry, sunny areas.
Label Lilium canadense
Common name Canada lily
Family No
Genus Lilium
Species Lilium canadense
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Germination is hypogeal; seed sprouts as a bulb at warm temperatures, requiring a period of cold afterwards to send up its first true leaf. Lily bulbs never go fully dormant, so they must be treated carefully. Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep and keep moist. A ziplock bag placed loosely over each pot will keep moisture in. Place in warm temperature, 70-75°F, for 9-12 weeks. Then place in cold temperatures, in the refrigerator, -4°C to 4°C, for 3 months and back to warm; it will send up its first true leaf in 1-2 weeks. Lily seeds are not difficult to germinate indoors and to grow under lights. The most important requirement for the planting mix is drainage while retaining moisture. Use a combination of sand, soil, vermiculite, perlite and whatever organic matter is at hand to produce a light, airy mix which retains moisture but allows good drainage.
Scarification / Stratification No

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