Pink anthers? Favorite purple lily?

Lisa_z6OR(OR 8 Sunset 6)August 16, 2006

Does anyone know of a lily with pink anthers (pink pollen)? I saw an unnamed photo of one recently but haven't been able to find a name.

Also, I'm looking for a purple lily to accent a border with a lot of white and light pink old garden roses. Any one have any favorites to recommend? I've been thinking about Midnight...

Thanks for your help!


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hld6(z7 MD)

Hi Lisa,

I may be wrong but I don't think there are any lilies with pink anthers. Some pictures can be deceptive, since the anther may be in shade (with reflected color from the petals) with the petals in light - so the photo gets exposed for the brighter petals. My understanding is that anther color falls somewhere on the spectrum of yellow - orange - dark brown.

If anyone knows of lilies with pink anthers please feel free to correct me.

I'm also thinking of buying Midnight this Fall. But, I have other trumpets and they're a great fragrant lily that blooms just before the orientals and their bloom shape is a nice complement to roses.

Just a note for borders: Trumpets are tall and lean towards the sun (will probably need to be staked when they bloom) and their blooms tend rather strongly to face the sun. In my border garden with afternoon sun they all face my neighbors yard instead of mine. So if yours will be planted in part sun you want to consider sun direction better than I did! :) If you plant trumpets behind or sort of amongst your rose bushes, the rose might be able to take the place of staking.

There are some pretty dark pink-red lilies (Black Beauty, Scheherazade, among others) and some dark pink Asiatics (check out The Lily Gardens "pink asiatic" link). However, I don't know of any other purple lily except a longiflorum from a dutch wholesaler that I haven't seen for sale in the US called "Divine".


Here is a link that might be useful: Divine

    Bookmark   August 17, 2006 at 1:42PM
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hld6(z7 MD)

Oops! my mistake. Snowcreek daylilies/B&D lilies had Divine for sale this past spring but not this Fall. Maybe they will carry it again in their 2007 spring catalog.

But notice in their picture it looks more dark pink than purple. That may turn out to be the case with Midnight as well. I don't think lilies have a "blue" color available to get a true purple from (like Iris's for example).

Anyone out there with Midnight who'd like to tell us how purple it is please chime in.


Here is a link that might be useful: B&D lilies

    Bookmark   August 17, 2006 at 2:03PM
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Lisa_z6OR(OR 8 Sunset 6)


Thanks for all the information. I guess I can stop looking for lilies with pink anthers now, lol. It also sounds like I've found the only purple lily, Midnight.

Devine looks good to me. I've been considering Pink Perfection and Summer Palace as a dusky or greyed dark pink (instead of bright)to go in with the roses. Any comments on these dark pinks? I haven't seen any of them in person- only going off of website photos which can be deceiving.

While I'm posting, any opinions on a nice lily to complement buff roses like Buff Beauty, Jude the Obscure or Crocus Rose?

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas.


    Bookmark   August 17, 2006 at 4:06PM
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hld6(z7 MD)

Hi again Lisa,

I found another very pretty purple lily. "Angela North" is a Lankongense hybrid sold by The Lily Garden.


Here is a link that might be useful: Angela North

    Bookmark   September 6, 2006 at 10:52PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

If anyone's still looking, that B & D catalog is all sold out. I guess I'm a little late to be just starting to think about buying now!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2006 at 11:45PM
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hld6(z7 MD)

Hi Linnea,

The Fall 2006 B&D lilies has a different address than their Spring catalog I listed in my prior post . (Even the home page is different, in the Fall and in the Spring, go figure.) The selection of lilies will also have some differences so you should check out both. The Fall catalog is not sold out. I'm not sure when the Spring 2007 will come online.


Here is a link that might be useful: B&D lilies Fall 2006

    Bookmark   September 8, 2006 at 10:40AM
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leslie197(z5 MI)

Here's some pictures from my garden of some you have mentioned and I added a few light warm colored ones. Hope they help. The colors are very true to the actual garden color in my yard.

Black Beauty

Black Beauty close-up

Pink Perfection Strain in sun - looks deeper on a shady day

White Henryi

Anaconda (Trumpet) - looks darker in some catalog pictures, but this is what mine looks like

Unknown Asiatics - just to give you some more ideas

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 8:19PM
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Jeanne_in_Idaho(z5 N.Idaho)

La Toya is an Asiatic that is closer to purple than to pink. Are you interested in Asiatics? Sorbet (another Asiatic) coordinates with it perfectly. I don't know a source for either one offhand, I'd have to Google them to find one.

Fangio is also more purple than pink. I think it's an Asiatic-Trumpet cross.


    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 12:37PM
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Lisa_z6OR(OR 8 Sunset 6)

Now that I know that trumpets tend to face the sun I might need to reconsider them. The sunflowers that have grown in that border have all turned their faces to my neighbors despite lectures from me, lol. The angela north is a possibility...


    Bookmark   September 20, 2006 at 8:06AM
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hld6(z7 MD)

Hi Lisa,

The Longiflorums are the best for not turning their flowers to the sun but are imported by the dutch growers in the spring. You might want to call Snowcreek Daylilies/B&D Lilies to see if they will be offering "Divine" again this spring.

I don't have Angela North but I have lilium Lankongense (one of its species parents). The stems tend to lean toward the sun but staking can fix that (which is easy to do with plant props or the branches of other plants - such as roses - since they don't get as tall as trumpets). Since their "turk's cap" shaped flowers hang downward like a bell, facing the sun isn't an issue. Lankongense has a smaller more delicate bloom with a beautiful rose like fragrance and more delicate foliage. Because it is less "dominant" in the garden it and (I presume) its hybrids would work well with companion plants.


    Bookmark   September 22, 2006 at 8:27AM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Park's has a "Purple Sensation" lily in their catalog, which looks purple. However, I don't have personal knowledge as to what the color actually looks like in person.


    Bookmark   September 23, 2006 at 1:41AM
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anitadehoff(Z8 Seattle/sunset 5)

So Lisa, what did you get?

I'm a year behind in a similar situation. Looking for pink rose/purple lily/chartresse ground cover combo. Have Redoute roses, considering Lady's Mantle and Landini

Here is a link that might be useful: purple lily

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 7:21PM
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hld6--MKidnight is burgundy in my yard.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2007 at 8:42PM
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hld6(z7 MD)

Hi flowergirl
A lot of the darker pink lilies color color will vary by amount of sun. It's all a bit of an experiment - I guess I'll find out what mine do this summer. I'm surprised though that it would be burgundy since I thought it was related to "pink perfection". (I might have to dust off the memory banks on that one.)



    Bookmark   April 18, 2007 at 9:04PM
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