Zephyranthes ‘Paul Niemi’

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From the great rain lily breeding program of Fadjar Marta of Indonesia comes a striking addition to the rain lily lineup. Zephyranthes ‘Paul Niemi’ is a cross of Zephyranthes grandiflora x Zephyranthes citrina. The flowers are a beautiful combination of apricot, yellow, and green.

Photos: Gardens bu the Bay, Singapore [20150424]

Source: plantdelights.com

Gloriosa superba: Glory lily


Gloriosa superba is a species of flowering plant in the family Colchicaceae. English language common names include flame lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily, gloriosa lily, tiger claw, and fire lily.

It is native to much of Africa and Asia, but it is known worldwide as an ornamental plant, a medicine, a poison, and a noxious weed.

This species is a perennial herb growing from a fleshy rhizome. It is scandent, climbing using tendrils, the stem reaching 4 meters long.


The showy flower has six tepals each up to 5 – 7.6 centimeters long. They are generally bright red to orange at maturity, sometimes with yellowish bases.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Wikipedia

Lilium pardalinum: Leopard Lily

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^ Double petals variety 

Lilium pardalinum, also known as the leopard lily or panther lily, is a flowering bulbous perennial plant in the genus Lilium which is native to Oregon and California in the United States, where it usually grows in damp areas. Its range includes California chaparral and woodlands habitats and the Sierra Nevada.

Typically Lilium pardalinum grows to about 2 metres [6.6 ft] high; the tallest and most vigorous plants can reach up to 2.5 metres [8.2 ft]. The bulbs are small, and many are usually clustered together on a rhizomatous stock. The flowers are Turk’s-cap shaped, red-orange, with numerous brown spots, usually flowering in July.

Photo: AtlantaGA. [20130803]

Source: Wikipedia


Lycoris squamigera: Resurrection Lily

Lycoris squamigera [Resurrection Lily, Surprise Lily, Magic Lady] is a plant in the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.

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Lycoris squamigera is believed to have originated in Japan or China, perhaps a hybrid between Lycoris straminea and Lycoris incarnata. It is a herbaceous plant with basal, simple leaves, which are not present when the flowers emerge from the crown. The leaves sprout and grow in the spring, then die back during June. Then in late July or early August the flowers appear. The flowers are white or pink and fragrant. The flowers spring dramatically from the ground in mid to late summer; it usually takes only four to five days from first emergence to full bloom. This suddenness is reflected in its common names: surprise lily, magic lily, and resurrection lily. It is also sometimes referred to as naked ladies. In Japanese it is called kitsune no kamisori which means fox’s razor.

Photo: AtlantaGA. [20130803]

Source: Wikipedia

Lycoris radiata: Red spider lily


Lycoris radiata [red spider lily] is a plant in the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. Originally from China, it was introduced into Japan and from there to the United States and elsewhere. It flowers in the late summer or autumn, often in response to heavy rainfall.


The common name hurricane lily refers to this characteristic, as do other common names, such as resurrection lily; these may be used for the genus as a whole.

Lycoris radiata is a bulbous perennial. It normally flowers before the leaves fully appear, on stems 30–70 cm [12–28 in] tall. The leaves are parallel-sided, 0.5–1 cm [0.20–0.39 in] wide with a paler central stripe. The red flowers are arranged in umbels. Individual flowers are irregular, with narrow segments which curve backwards, and long projecting stamens.

Photos: iPhone5; St John’s Lutheran Church, Ponce de Leon Av., AtlantaGA. [20130801]

Source: Wikipedia

Convallaria majalis: Lily of the Valley

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Convallaria majalis, commonly known as the Lily of the Valley, is a sweetly scented [and highly poisonous] woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States. In the APG III system, the genus is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae [formerly the family Ruscaceae].

Convallaria majalis is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by spreading underground stems called rhizomes. The stems grow to 15–30 cm tall, with one or two leaves 10–25 cm long, flowering stems have two leaves and a raceme of 5–15 flowers on the stem apex. The flowers are white tepals [rarely pink], bell-shaped, 5–10 mm diameter, and sweetly scented.

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Convallaria majalis is a popular garden plant, grown for its scented flowers and for its ground-covering abilities in shady locations.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the BaySingapore 20130414

Source: Wikipedia

Fritillaria meleagris: Snake’s head flower


Fritillaria meleagris is a species of flowering plant in the family Liliaceae. Its common names include snake’s head fritillary, snake’s head [the original English name], chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower, leper lily [because its shape resembled the bell once carried by lepers], Lazarus bell, checkered lily or, in northern Europe, simply fritillary.


The name Fritillarea comes from the latin fritillus meaning dice-box, and [possibly] referring to the chequered pattern on the flowers. The name meleagris means ‘spotted like a guinea fowl’. The common name “snake’s head” refers to the somewhat snakelike appearance of the green and brown nodding flower heads.  The flower has a chequered pattern in shades of green and purple, maroon, or is sometimes pure white.

Fritillaria meleagris is native to Europe but in many places it is an endangered species that is rarely found in the wild but is commonly grown in gardens.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore, 20130410/14

Source: Wikipedia

Allium tanguticum: Lavender Globe Lily

Allium tanguticum is native to Western China and prefer temperate climate. Allium tanguticum is an ornamental onion that produces dense clusters of lavender/purple flowers above dark green narrow leaves.


Allium is a monocot genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, including the various edible onions, garlics, chives, and leeks, has played a pivotal role in cooking worldwide.

The genus contains hundreds of distinct species; many have been harvested through human history, but only about a dozen are still economically important today as crops or garden vegetables. Many others are cultivated as ornamental plants.

Many Allium species have been harvested through human history, about a dozen are  economically important as crops or garden vegetables. These include onions [Allium cepa], French shallots [Allium oschaninii], leeks [Allium ampeloprasum], scallions [various Allium species], and herbs such as garlic [Allium sativum] and chives [Allium schoenoprasum]. Others are cultivated as ornamentals.

Photo: Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore, 20120713

Source: Wikipedia, VanDusen Botanical Garden

Tricyrtis hirta: Toad Lily


Tricyrtis hirta [Toad Lily, Hairy Toad Lily] is a hardy perennial in the family Liliaceae that is native to Japan, growing on shaded rocky cliffs and stream banks. The flowers are 2.5 cm [0.98 in] wide with six whitish to pale purple tepals that have dark purple spots.

Photo: Brookhaven, Atlanta, GA, 20121004

Source: Wikipedia

Chlorophytum bichetii: Siam Lily

Chlorophytum bichetii [Siam Lily,Variegated Spider Plant, Bichetii Grass, False Lily Turf, Wheat Plant, St. Bernard Lily, Loose Leaf Chlorophytum] is an evergreen herbaceous perennial, native to South Africa but widespread elsewhere in tropical Africa, India, Sri Lanka, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Northern Australia.


Photo: HortPark, Singapore 20120526