Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lilium 'Stargazer' (the Stargazer lily)

West End Avenue becomes 11th and at 54th street De Witt Clinton Park 5.83 acres overlooking the Hudson. This image was taken with the crack of the wooden bat on hardball in the background. If you're ever on Manhattan's far westside give this beautiful park a look.

Lilium 'Stargazer' (the Stargazer lily) is a hybrid lily of the Oriental group. Oriental lilies are known for their fragrant perfume, blooming mid-to-late summer. Stargazers are easy to grow and do best in full sunlight. They have a fast growth rate and should be planted in full sun in well drained loamy or sandy soil. When mature, Stargazers can grow to a height of 36 inches with a spread of 12 to 16 inches with 4 to 5 flowers per stem.

The Stargazer lily was created in 1974 by Leslie Woodriff, a lily breeder in California. Woodriff called the new cross 'Stargazer', because the blooms faced towards the sky.

The ASPCA reports this plant as being toxic to cats. They are said to cause vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death. Cats are the only species known to be affected.

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Lilium 'Stargazer' (the Stargazer lily)

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