Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.
Leichtlin’s lily (Lilium leichtlinii) grows up to four feet high and produces masses of golden-yellow flowers. They are tinged a dark red at the base and have purple freckles on the inside of the “petals” (technically, tepals). Coupled with the purple-green of the stems, it is a very handsome lily.
Named for the German botanist Max Leichtlin (1831–1910), who introduced many plants into cultivation, it comes from central Honshu, the main island of Japan.
July is a peak time for lilies at Wave Hill and Leichtlin’s can be seen in several places, including the Flower Garden and the Monocot Garden.