Lilium pumilum

This is a little gem of a lily, only a foot (30cms) tall and with glistening orange-scarlet turk's cap flowers in early summer. You don't expect them to be scented but they are - of chocolate - so it is nice to have them accessible in a raised bed.

Formerly called L. tenuifolium, it comes from dry, stony Asian hillsides, so likes good drainage, but also needs moisture, which is presumably why it is happy in fibrous soil in rainy Wales. It has survived for several years with me, but is reputedly short-lived; I am told it is quick and easy to raise again from seed. We'll see. Z3

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