Friday, January 21, 2011

Interdivisional Hybrid Lilies

Nowadays more and more interdivisional hybrids are coming out in the market. Thanks to the hybridizing works of different hybridizers from around the world. Lilies are classified in 9 divisions:

1. Asiatic Hybrids
2. Martagon Hybrids
3. Candidum Hybrids
4. American Hybrids
5. Longiflorum Hybrids
6. Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids
7. Oriental Hybrids
8. Miscellaneous Hybrids(Interdivisional)
9. Species.

Crossing lilies from different divisions resulted in many new and wonderful lilies that are worth trying to grow in the garden.

Dr. Wilbert Ronald along with Lynn Collicut in Canada developed lilies from Asiatic and Trumpet (Asiapets) divisions- Silky Belles, Ivory Belles and Fiery Belles.

Judith Freeman of The Lily Garden in the US developed Seafarer, also an Asiapet.

Lynn Collicut bred two lilies from Longiflorum and Trumpet (Longipets) called Easter Morn and Easter Charm.

De Jong Lilies in the Netherlands developed hybrids from Oriental and Asiatic (OA): Sunny Crown, First Crown and Elegant Crown.

Longiflorum-Asiatic(LA),Oriental-Trumpet(OT,Orienpet) and Logiflorum-Oriental(LO)are also interdivisional.

The work of David Sims of USA about Martagons and Asiatics (Martasians) are truly an advancement in the lily hybridization.

LO lily Faith with smallish pink-lilac flowers. This image is from its first year growing in my garden. A pretty lily with lovely shape and flower orientation.

LO lily Gizmo

LO lily Triumphator

There are a lot of LO lilies out there. El Condor, Vandella, Bellsong, Pink Heaven, Chiara, Miyabi and more. One particular variety that I am interested to grow in my garden is the yellow one called Deliana. The first yellow LO I've seen.

Here are some links for additional information.

The Lily Nook

Lily Classification

Sequoias of the Lily World


Carol said...

These are all beautiful and I can only imagine the sweetness the release into the garden. I LOVE your header photograph!

ann said...

The lilies are lovely. I will be ordering double lilies soon. I am very curious to see how they grow.

Alistair said...

I have become more interested in increasing the amount of Lilies in our garden. Many of them deteriorate after just a couple of years. Would I be right in thinking that the Orientals are the hardiest.

Larry said...

Hi Lily.... Love your triumphator! I've been looking at some other LO cultivars... they do very well here. I responded on my post as follows... I'm not particularly knowledgable about lilies, but do know I enjoy them greatly! Are you familiar with any good sources for Martagons? Larry

Lily... I think you're referring to "Miss Lucy" which is actually a double oriental... go to
if you are unfamiliar with it. I see Van Bourgondien & Sons are listing several double orientals and double asiatics this season. I wasn't sure I cared for them at first, but Miss Lucy was actually quite attractive in bloom. Larry

Larry said...

Lily... I apologize... I hadn't realized that I had posted that photo of the little lily... I'll check into my records and see what it was called... I planted three bulbs last spring and all were double... I'll get back to you with the variety, if I can locate it! Sorry about the confusion! Larry

Lily said...

The header photo is of Scheherazade and that butterfly seemed to know it is being photographed and didn't move while I was taking the shot. Thank you for the nice comment and the visit.

That is great! I will be looking forward to your lily post in summertime.

For me, Orientals are not the hardiest. They are finicky and peter out in a couple of season. In my zone, they need to be mulched heavily according to the experts, and I never did mine so probably that explains why I never saw my Oriental Rio Negro and a few more last summer. Asiatics and Orienpets are your best bet. Or martagons in shady spot.


The Lily Nook is one source for Martagons.

H.W. Hyde and Sons (Richard Hyde) in the UK has a good selection. Last fall Faraway Flowers(H.W. Hyde's US distributor) carried a few of them but FF's spring catalog don't list any marts.

Hartle and Gilman is the largest supplier of marts here in the US. Please contact Ramona Titus of Faraway Flowers at for more information. She deals with both companies. She is the nicest person you could ever met.

There is also Estate Perennials in Canada, you can contact the owner Kevin Frey, his blog is in my sidebar list.

Another one is a famous hybridizer in Latvia, his name is David Hercsbergs.

I haven't grown hybrid marts in my garden yet. I only have one species Hansonii and sulked for me so probably this spring I will see it bloom.

No problem Larry, I do know about the Double Orientals and when I thought I could not grow them, there was a post in one of the blogs I am following and found the answer to my problem:

LOs do very well here too, I love them and I am really really interested in that yellow one from Lily Nook.

The little pink lily has grass- like leaves similar to Philippinense and Formosanum hence I called it species, marts have whorl leaves. I will be looking forward to the ID of that lily.

Thanks for the nice comments.

Anonymous said...

You have extensive knowledge on lilies. They are one of my favorite flowers in my garden but I have mostly Asiatics and some
LA hybrids. I always look forward for their arrival.They Oriental Casa Blanca I found bloom a bit late.

Lily said...


I started with mixed asiatics and LAs eight years ago. I still have those lilies and still am excited when they bloom in my garden. Orientals do bloom a bit late. Love the classic beauty of Casa Blanca.

Thank you.

Larry said...

I haven't been able to locate the photo with the label yet... and the label outside is buried under two feet of snow. I do know someone who will know and will be seeing them in a couple of weeks and one way or the other, I should be able to come up with the name. Thanks for all the martagon sources, etc... am anxious to check them out! Larry

Lily said...

You're welcome. There are a few more specially in Canada. There is no rush here for the ID of your pretty lily. Thanks.

Larry said...

It's Species Lily cerneum and as I look at it on the net, you are quite right... it isn't supposed to be double! Now I could have testified to all three bulbs having double flowers last season... did they really? If only I could locate those pictures... now I can't wait to see what happens next season! By the way, I've already been in touch with Richard at H.W.Hyde and Son in England and he responded within an hour! He recommends that I wait to fall plant on the martagons. After thinking about it, I remembered that a friend of mine purchases lilies through H.W. Hyde. I'm really getting a new fever for martagons going! So there you have it! all for now... Larry

Lily said...

I have never seen a cerneum before with more that 6 petals! Yours look double to me. If it comes back the same this year, it is a hybrid not a species. Thanks for letting me know of the ID.

It's great to know that Richard responded to you. I have never dealt with him personally. He has good rep when it comes to lilies. Waiting until fall for martagon planting is a good advice. If planted in spring, they will sulk and will never flower for you anyway. Martagon fever! I know how that is, I have lily fever here! Till next time.


PlantPostings said...

Thanks for the extensive data about Lilies! I have several Lily cultivars. I'll have to post them and ask you to help me identify them.

Lily said...

No problem Beth.

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