liliiflora 'Nigra' x
Kosar, US National Arboretum, Washington DC
(AGM 1993, 2002, removed 2012)
4m by 4m
10 year height/spread: 2.5m/2m
Upright dark red-purple buds open to flowers with 10-12 (occasionally more) pointed tepals
red-purple at the base, grey-purple at the apex, white inside at maturity, opening flat to 20cm
across: late April
Foliage: broadly ovate rugose leaves usually with acuminate tips, averaging 14cm by 9cm with
brown tomentose petioles.
Recognise by: the rusty tomentose petioles and the large flat flowers with pointed tepals.
Easy to root and grow. Flowers in 6 years from seed. Suitable for small gardens.
Location: Hindleap, Sussex, 1995
Photo: Mike Robinson