Everyone loves lilies. With large, showy blooms, lilies add striking elegance to the yard and garden from early to midsummer.
Growing from bulbs, lilies are perennial flowers that will return year after year and require minimal care, provided you plant them in the right place.
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The lilies, one of the most beloved bulbs for the garden in the summer season, burst with kaboom flowers in an interlude when most of the flowers are waiting to hatch. Offering “swoony” scents, strong stems and substantial petals, lilies are also workhorses as cut flowerst.
- Lilies are tall perennials ranging in height from 60-180 cm.
- They form underground bulbs which are their organs of perennation (survive from one germination season to another, especially in unfavorable conditions, such as drought or winter.).
- In some North American species, the base of the bulb develops into rhizomes (underground stem), on which numerous small bulbs are found. Some species develop stolons (long, thin trailing stems).
- Most bulbs are buried deep in the ground, but a few species form bulbs near the soil surface.
- Many species form stem roots. With these, the bulb grows naturally at some depth in the soil, and each year the new stem puts out adventitious roots above the bulb as it emerges from the soil.
- The flowers are large, often fragrant, and come in a wide range of colors including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, and purples. Markings include spots and brush strokes.
- The plants are late spring- or summer- flowering. Flowers are borne in racemes or umbels at the tip of the stem, with six tepals spreading or reflexed, to give flowers varying from funnel shape to a “Turk’s cap”.
- The tepals are free from each other, and bear a nectary at the base of each flower. The ovary is “superior”, borne above the point of attachment of the anthers (upper part of the flower stamen that contains the pollen). The fruit is a three-celled capsule.
- The seeds ripen in late summer. They exhibit varying and sometimes complex germination patterns, many adapted to cool temperate climates.
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