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This lily is odd because of its hosta-like evergreen leaves. It is tolerant of shallow planting, weekly mowing, poor soils, and dense shade. The flower is like an Easter lily. What is the variety name?


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Given that it grows on poor soils, is shallowly planted, is evergreen (since it stays green this time of year), and has a white easter lily like bloom. I would guess it is Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum) (USDA zone 4-5).

Lilium candidum Photo of Lilium candidum at VanDusen Botanical Garden, taken July 2005 by Stan Shebs.

A photo of madonna lily's evergreen basal growth, resembling your photo, can be found at Dave's Garden.

If the plant in question is growing in USDA zone 8-9, there may other options.

  • I'm in zone 6. That looks like it.
    – J. Musser
    Oct 9, 2011 at 1:35

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