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.
To the New Plant and Bulb Company, Colchester, we are indebted for the first sight of the flowers of this new lily, of which we have heard so long. It is very distinct from any other kind in cultivation, which is a great point in its favor. According to Mr. Sereno Watson's "Revision of the North American Liliaceae," it is a near ally of L. Washington-ianum, and he places it near to L. rubescens, which is synonymous with the variety purpureum of the former. The specimens sent from Colchester are about two feet high, with a rather slender, erect stem, and narrow lance-shaped leaves not arranged in whorls, but scattered on the stem. The flowers are about the size of those of L. superbum, and are produced singly in an erect manner at the apex of each stem. The color is a rich yellow, clear and bright, with a few dark spots scattered on the lower parts of the spreading petals, which recurve at the tips. The flowers, too, are deliciously scented, similar to Hemerocallis flava. The bulb is said to be small and with jointed scales.
It is a native of California, where it inhabits the San Gorgonio Pass, San Bernardino County. This is the first time on record that flowers of this species have been produced in Europe, and we hope soon to see such a beautiful lily in general cultivation. - Garden.