Lilium hansonii

Thanks once again to James Gaither (aka J.G. in S.F.@Flickr) for today’s photographs of Lilium hansonii, photographed at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Appreciated, as always.

Lilium hansonii was named for the 19th century Danish-born artist, Peter Hanson. In addition to his landscape artistry, Hanson was a cultivator of tulips and lilies, and was honoured with having this species named after him (a story about Hanson’s death (PDF), via the New York Times archives).

Different resources suggest different native ranges for Hanson’s lily or whorled martagon, but USDA GRIN has settled on Japan and Korea. China and far eastern Russia are sometimes also included in its native range, though it is often suggested that its presence in China is due to cultivation. Similarly, Japan is not always considered native (again, due to cultivation), suggesting instead that the species is solely native to Korea.

For the first century or so of its cultivation in European and North American gardens, all plants of Lilium hansonii were the same clone, as the species is self-sterile and only a single introduction was made. Only in recent decades have additional collections and selections been introduced to European / North American cultivation.

Additional photographs are available via the Pacific Bulb Society Wiki: martagon lilies, including Lilium hansonii.

Lilium hansonii

8 responses to “Lilium hansonii”

  1. Bonnie

    Wow, that is spectacular!

  2. susan

    Lovely Photo but I really enjoyed the story in the New York Times about Mr Hanson”s death. Quaint and intimate…raised many questions I would like to ask about the circumstances. One wonders if the truth was ever uncovered.

  3. Lynne Brookes

    Thank you for providing so many people around the world with the plant information you send so regularly. What a valuable educational offering and– a treat to the eye! The “in a nutshell” format is perfect for busy people to access, enjoy, and learn a bit more each time you send it out.

  4. Wendy Cutler

    James Gaither is not going read of your appreciation. I see on his flickr profile that he passed away on July 25, 2012, but I just learned of it when I saw a tribute collage of his photos posted on flickr by Tatters:). It’s nice to read that his friends plan to maintain his flickr site. This POTD points out what a wonderful collection of photos he has contributed, all with the Creative Commons licence.

  5. kathryn corbett

    I know the martagons are early bloomers, but March 10 does seem exceptionally early! The inflorescence seems rather fasciculated.

  6. Judy Sinclair

    A splendid photo of such a beautiful lily! Thanks Daniel, and thank you for all the wonderful photos and descriptions you post year round, for everyone to enjoy. Much appreciated.

  7. Eric La Fountaine

    JG will certainly be missed. I am glad his photos can live on. I often gravitated to his photos when I was choosing an image from the pool to write about. He had a very fine eye for botanical beauty and produced remarkably sharp clear photos.
    I am growing ever more fond of lilies. Incredible beauty and often fragrance from strong performing plants year after year.

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    the lily was created on the third day,eary in the morning
    when the almighty was especally full of good ideas
    one of my most favorite flowers and colors so very old in time
    so good to see this april morning thank you
    this is floridas 500th year since its discovey think of alll
    the new plants flowers that were found me too when first i moved here . thank you daniel and company you are a lovely group

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