Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rare Cahaba Lily

I'm so pleased my Cahaba Lily is in bloom in my rain garden. It's so unusual and smells divine.

The natural environment for the Cahaba Lily is rivers across the southeast United States, namely Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. However, if grown in full sunlight and moist soils, they usually last for many years in rain gardens. In its natural environment, bloom time is early May to late June, but flowers later otherwise. The flowers last for one day and seeds germinate to produce new plants.

As the rate of Cahaba Lilies are in decline, it is important to note that they should not be picked from riverbanks. If you are lucky enough to know someone with this plant already, patiently grow one from seed. (see ) It's well worth the effort.

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