Alfred Russel Wallace : Alfred Wallace : A. R. Wallace :
Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)

 
 
The Burmese Lily. (Lilium ochroleucum.)
(S551a: 1898)

 
Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to the Editor printed on page 259 of the 1 October 1898 issue of The Garden. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S551A.htm


     A friend of mine received a number of bulbs of this fine Lily two and a half years ago from his son in Burmah and gave me a few of them. They have now been over two years in the open ground, merely covered with ashes in the winter, and have flowered well. The accompanying illustration shows one now in flower. The stem is 6 feet high and the flowers are each 6 inches long by 5 inches in diameter, but the long drought this summer and a rather poor soil have reduced their size, as some grown by my friend in pots last year were much larger. They grow on the Shan plateau about 4000 feet to 5000 feet above the sea in tall grass, which protects their stems and roots from the heat of the sun. The soil they were growing in is a deep red loam, and any fairly good loam will no doubt suit them, my soil here being too sandy and poor to grow them to perfection. If planted rather deep and protected from frost in severe winters they will probably be quite hardy in the south of England.

A. R. W., Parkstone, Dorset.


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