Lilium canadense Linnaeus 1753
North America, Canada; moist, grassy areas
Lilium canadense has proved not to be the easiest species in-vitro. In the beginning it takes felt centuries for germination and this species appears as a true Princess in the medium, sulking soon when the medium-recipe doesn´t fit to its Royal needs. It worked better when we started replating the seedlings every few months into a new medium with a rather neutral and balanced pH.
Kews describe no infraspecifics although canadense owns an incredible variety of colors and patterns in its flowers. One is inclined to distinguish var. flavum, rubrum, coccineum, editorum (the latter listed separately) and clones which are anyhow in-between. Most of the flower-colours and patterns can be kept when acting carefully in the pollination and the expected colour-types usually come true from seeds. We are tried keeping the different clones/strains plainly apart from each other.
sowing Lilium canadense var. rubrum # 3r JF ´09.17 (Lcanadrub3r), seeds from an habitat in Indiana/US; plainly red strains
50% germination –> seedling –> tissue-culture (05.19)
sowing Lilium canadense var. rubrum # 4 TW ´11.18 (Lcanadrub4)
germination –> seedling
bulbs Lilium canadense var. rubrum bulbs # 2 Poul ´10.17 (Lcanadrub2)
sowing Lilium canadense var. rubrum # 3 Poul ´10.18 (Lcanadrub3)
25% germination, tissue-culture (09.19)
bulb/scales Lilium canadense var. rubrum scales # 1 Poul ´11.16 (Lcanadrub1)
product-image of var. rubrum in courtesy of Steve Garvie