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Notholirion thomsonianum

Thomson's Notholirion

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Item #: 13596

Zones: 7a to 8a, at least

Dormancy: Summer

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Afghanistan, India, Kashmir region of India, Pakistan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Notholirion thomsonianum is a little-known bulb that's a cousin of the better known genera of Cardiocrinum, Fritillaria, and Nomocharis. Hailing from sub-alpine regions of the Western Himalayas that include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Northern India, Notholirion thomsonianum has proven surprisingly growable for over a decade in our hot, humid climate. Growing best in dry soils, the short lily-like foliage emerges in October (NC), and is topped in mid-April (NC) with stunning 30" spikes of fragrant, soft mauvy pink tuberose-shaped flowers. During its summer dormancy, we find it best to keep the soil on the dry side by planting it near a moisture-hogging tree or shrub. In our trials, light shade to morning sun has produced the best results.