help with confused lily

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  1. douglas

    douglas Active Member 10 Years

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    Hey Gang

    I am not that familiar with lillies but had one come up this year that was either a volentier or a left over from years gone by.It is a good 30 feet away from any I planted in the last few years.

    It was not there last year.

    The strange thing was that it grew to @ 10 inches high(20/25 cm)
    but rather than produce flowers it produced 3 seeds. about 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch across. Dark brown/black

    I am darn sure that it did not bloom as it came up right beside the main walkway that I use 3 to 5 time a day.

    I have the seeds and am trying to scan them. once I get a clear image I will add it to the post.

    In the mean time am I missing something here? Seeds without (apparently) flowers sounds crazy to me.

    Oh by the way It was the first lilly up in the yard and the seed(?) formed in the early July wheras all of the planted started to finnish in the last 6 weeks.


    Thanks to all
    Best Regards Doug
     
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I was wondering if you ever figured out what this was Doug. Maybe it was not really a lilly? Seeds without blooms does not seem possible.
     
  3. douglas

    douglas Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi
    Not as yet. I know that it does not make any sense but I did compare it with known lillies that I have .

    Interesting note I did speak to a lady up here that said it was not that uncommon ( she claims that this happens in her garden about every 4 to 5 years where wild ones pop up ??) She has been living in this area for about 60 years.

    I will post pics when available

    Regards Doug
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    They're bulbils.
     
  5. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, I have seen that on lilies and I think allium before. Little bulbils that form on the leaf axils. So I guess these can be planted?
     
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    Thanks Ron and all,

    I have a little homework now :)

    Regards Doug
     
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    douglas Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi Ron
    Can you point in direction of finding out what causes this?

    I am interested to find out, if this may be due to soil or climatic
    conditions or maybe just the luck of the draw ?


    Thanks Doug
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Formation of bulbils in leaf axils is normal for some species. For example, Lilium lancifolium, I believe usually has them.
     

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