This member of the Liliaceae* family was given this name by
Otto Stapf in
1934. It is found
in low mountain forests from Afghanistan to Nepal, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and little to some sun. The bulb can grow to four
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 45 centimetres in
height, 90 centimetres with the flowers, which are from pink over
lavender to rosy in colour.
|Author: ||Otto Stapf,
(800-1800m) Western Himalayas: Afghanistan, Pakistan,
||45 (90) Centimetres
Pinkish White, Lavender White, Pale to Rose-Purple
Himalayan Lily, Thomson's Lily
thomsonianum, John Forbes Royle, 1839. Fritillaria
thomsoniana, David Don, 1840. Lilium longifolium
Griff. Lilium roseum Wall. ex Hook.
The bulb is monocarpic, dying after flowering. However, most species
produce numerous bulblets.
The genera name from Greek
notho; 'false' and lirion 'lily'. The species name after
Dr. Thomas Thomson, a 19th century Scottish naturalist and
superintendant of Calcutta Botanic Garden.
This plant is a winter-grower.