Herb latin name: Lilium davidii
Family: Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Edible parts of Lilium davidii:Bulb - cooked. One of the larger lily bulbs, it is up to 45mm in diameter. Rich in starch, it can be used as a vegetable in similar ways to potatoes (Solanum tuberosum).
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Moist places in forests, forest margins and grassy slopes at elevations of 800 - 3200 metres.
Propagation of Lilium davidii:Seed - immediate epigeal germination. Sow thinly in pots from late winter to early spring in a cold frame. Should germinate in 2 - 4 weeks. Great care should be taken in pricking out the young seedlings, many people prefer to leave them in the seed pot until they die down at the end of their second years growth. This necessitates sowing the seed thinly and using a reasonably fertile sowing medium. The plants will also require regular feeding when in growth. Divide the young bulbs when they are dormant, putting 2 - 3 in each pot, and grow them on for at least another year before planting them out into their permanent positions when the plants are dormant. Division with care in the autumn once the leaves have died down. Replant immediately. Bulb scales can be removed from the bulbs in early autumn. If they are kept in a warm dark place in a bag of moist peat, they will produce bulblets. These bulblets can be potted up and grown on in the greenhouse until they are large enough to plant out. The formation of bulbils on the stem can be induced by either removing the stem at flowering time and layering it just below the soil surface, or by removing all the flowers before they open.
Cultivation of the herb:Moist places in forests, forest margins and grassy slopes at elevations of 800 - 3200 metres.
Medicinal use of Lilium davidii:None known
Known hazards of Lilium davidii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.