Formosa Lilies

By September, I am running out of steam. I am weary of cutting this grass, and now my lawns are covered with the first leaves off the deciduous trees. It takes a lot to impress me right now.

So, let’s take a look at the wonderful Formosa Lily. This cluster, standing an astounding 10 feet tall, shows about 8-10 blooms per stem. Lasting over many days, these blooms are followed by candelabra seed pods, chockablock full of seeds. I rarely harvest and plant the seeds, preferring the lazy man’s propagation: I just let them self sow and then prick out seedlings and transplant or gift them.

Easy, reliable, sun and shade tolerant. But hard to find in the trade. Bulb catalogs and good friends are the most reliable sources. My collection came from a hay field in Morgan county where they had escaped a garden and self sown. It was a memorable day in September when I discovered that field full of lilies in bloom.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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