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Re: help with tiger lilly identification

Hi, Steve. My "Tiger Lilies" are Lilium lancifolium. Something is fertilizing them (I never doubted it was the bees) since they produce bulbils in the axils along their stems; they fall off and sprout the next spring. I have them all over the place. I guess I don't understand what you are asking.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "mahlberg s" <s_j_mahlberg@yahoo.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 3:17 PM
Subject: [CHAT] help with tiger lilly identification

Hello all,
I am wondering about Tiger Lillies.I am new to working with lillies and would appreciate any help.
 Now I have what seems to be a very prolific orange tiger lilly.
For years I though that the plants were sterile and certainly won't self fertilize. I guess they have an inhibitor that prevents self fertilization similar to irises.

at any rate, I ran down to my neighbors garden and grabbed some pollen
from a yellow lilly that had similar features to my tiger lillies.

 the smae shaped flowers and long grass-like leaves or foliage.

 I am just trying to straighten out a couple of things.
I read recently that these orange tiger lillies are pod sterile. If
that's the case, then mother nature goofed with five nicely developing
pods on my tiger lillies.

I am guessing that I have incorrectly identified the variety I have in my yard.

 Hemerocallis fulva

I am positive this is the "tiger lilly" (which isn't a true lilly) growing in my yard.

if this is the case, what yellow variety did I acquire pollen from. Or
can the Lillium sp. and Hemerocallis sp. succesfully cross?

 thanks so much for any help.
 steve zone 4b northeastern minnesota

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