Lilium formosanum

Every year in mid-February the lilies flower their hearts out, and I get angry at the greenies. You see, Lilium formosanum has been declared an alien invader in our country, despite growing upright, dying neatly and being beautiful. Other, infinitely more invasive and problematic plants are ignored, just because they are less easy to notice. And so I gleefully ignore the ban on this lily (the only which is even remotely easy to grow around here…) and spread the seeds through my meadows and in my gardens. Last year I posted extensively on them here and walking through the gardens I took a few quick shots over the weekend; below they grow with self-sown Verbena boronariensis in a meadow.

Lilium fotmosanum and Verbena bonariensis



  1. As we discussed last year, hmmm, was it last year, anyway it’s annoying to me that one can’t do anything about the two-legged invaders….

    These lilies are superb, and the Verbena bonariensis compliments the flower veining so beautifully. Alas, the lovelies couldn’t make it in my meadow.

  2. i wonder too, Masha. In extreme cases they can rather take over – but that is always exagerrated by the size of their striking flowers. Everywhere else they simply join in with the natural growth 😦

  3. Why, do you think, are other lilies difficult to grow there?
    In Haenertsburg I found ‘Know your lilies’ with a delightfully clumsy sierskrif-inscription to Mrs D Fielden “in gratitude for the books she so kindly presented to the Lowveld Garden Club”. It seems she donated this one right back, for in more sober script it says ‘Lowveld Garden Club’ at the top of the page, and then also Joan Prows (sp?). (The book was written by a New Zealander, Rex Harrison, and dedicated to us, the Gardeners of the Southern Hemisphere).
    Anyhoo. I was just surprised to hear that lilies are difficult there. I think of Sequoia Gardens as a place where everything save kokerbome or Cecropias would flourish.

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