This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This nagnificent Lily has been one of the chief novelties at the late English shows; we trust will soon find its way across the water. We believe it will be sufficiently hardy for open round culture in our middle and southern States, at least; but even if it requires green-ouse protection, it will be a great acquisition. Only imagine a Lily ten feet high, with eaves ten to twelve inches long, and eight inches wide, "with white flowers proportionably urge and delightfully fragrant 1" We quote the following account of it from "Paxton's Flower Garden:
"The discovery of this Prince of Lilies we owe to Dr. Wallich who detected it in moist shady daces on Sheopore in Nepal. "This majestic Lily he says, 'grows sometimes to a size which is uite astonishing; a fruit-bearing specimen of the whole plant, which is destined for the Museum the Hon. East India Company, measures full ten feet from the base of the stem to its apex. The flowers are proportionably large and delightfully fragrant, not unlike those of the common vhite Lily.' Nor does it degenerate in cultivation; the flowering plant having attained a height f ten feet in one season; the flower portion occupying twenty inches. Such a raceme of flowers, ccompanied by leaves measuring ten to twelve inches long and eight inches broad, must have fforded a striking spectacle. Baron Hugel found the plant in the Peer Punjal pass of the Hima-&ya, leading into Kashmeer; and we believe that Drs. Thompson and Hooker met with it abund-.ntly in other portions of that vast range of hills. The remainder of our account shall be taken rom Dr. Balfour's notes, chiefly drawn up from the living plant at Comely Bank near Edinburgh. Major Madden says the Lilium giganteum is common in the damp thick forests of the Himalaya, he provinces of Kamaon, Gurwhal, and Busehur, in all of which he has frequently met with it. t grows in rich black mold, the bulb close to the surface, at from 7500 to 9000 feet above the evel of the sea, where it is covered with snow from November to April, or thereabout The ollow stems are commonly from six to nine feet high, and are used for musical pipes.
The fruit ipens in November and December. Stem straight, cylindrical, smooth, gradually attenuated to he apex, nearly ten feet high, five and a half inches in circumference at the base, green, with a eddish-purple hue at the upper part Leaves alternate, scattered, the internodes varying in ength, petiolate, broadly ovate, cordate, acuminate, shining dark green above, paler below, enation reticulated, having an evident midrib, with the veins coming off from it ending in an otra-marginal vein; lower leaves with long petioles, very large, ten to twelve inches long, eight riches broad, becoming gradually smaller in ascending; upper leaves small, sessile, ovate, acute, 'etioles of lower leaves twelve to fourteen inches long, thick, broad, and somewhat sheathing at he base, lower surface convex, upper with a deep and broad furrow; petioles of upper leaves aort Bracts ovate, acute, caducous, leaving a semilunar scar. Flowers white, with purple heaths, greenish below, infundibuliform-campanulate, inclined downwards, twelve on the raceme, ragrant; tube greenish, two inches in circumference at the base, gradually dilating upwards; imb slightly revolute; leaves of the perianth oblong-spathulate, three outer with slight purple treaks inside, three inner rather broader, with a deep purple tinge on the inside, and with a prominent ridge on the outside, sulcated on either side, and two elevated ridges on the inner urface separated by a shallow groove.' - Bot. Mag., t. 4673. There is great reason to hope that his noble plants of which Messrs. Vettch have raised an abundance, will pr rdy.
At least t can require nothing more than a covering of ashes in winter".