This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The following is from the report of the New York Horticultural Society: "W. K Harris, Darby Road, Philadelphia, presents a new lily (Lilium Harrisii), which draws especial notice for its alleged peculiar characteristics. Apparently a variety of L eximium, it differs widely from that species by flowering in a very young state of growth and much earlier than eximium when forced along with it in the same house. Besides its early flowering both in age and season, it has the peculiarity of sending up flowering shoots from bulblets formed during the season of its growth, so extending its flowering season for a long period. These peculiarities greatly recommend it, not only to the cultivator for cut flowers, but also to the amateur, as capable of filling up the period of mid-winter with the always acceptable flowers of this universally admired tribe of plants. Awarded a certificate of merit."
This lily was sent to the Editor, and it seemed to him related rather to L. longiflorum than to L. eximium. Still there seemed some slight difference, and it was sent to Mr. Sereno Watson, who has made Liliaceae a special study. Mr. W. decided that it was nothing but L. longiflorum. Subsequently a plant of L longiflorum was procured, and both flowered side by side. The leaves are shorter and narrower, and the flower much longer, but though a good garden variety and worth naming, it is specifically where Mr. Watson placed it, and may be called L. longiflorum Harrisii, or Harris' Lily. It may be noted that the plant sent us by Mr. Harris is seeding freely, while the two plants of L longiflorum that we procured to test it, have not seeded. The new one may be therefore but a fertile form of the old variety. There are usually some changes in foliage and flower following these reproductive peculiarities.