Black Beauty is regarded by some as the first 'OT' hybrid, not exactly correct, because it is the result of crossing Lilium henryi with Lilium speciosum. lightly perfumed dark purple flowers about 14 Cm's in diameter, we can't quite explain why, when you take an orange flowered species and cross it with a pink one that the resulting hybrid has purple flowers, but in this case it did. Here in the U.K. freshly planted bulbs tend to grow to about 1 metre tall, in the first season, from the second year on, with us they often grow to over 2 metres. Unlike modern hybrids the stems tend to need staking, take great care when positioning the stake not to damage the bulbs. Some would argue that 'Black Beauty' is not as showy as modern hybrids, but it is well growing, when established it is quite possible for a stem to produce 40 plus flowers. Late flowering often not starting until early August. Bulb size 20 cm +.
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