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Blooming Himalayan lily

Cardiocrinum giganteum or Himalayan lily

Photo courtesy of Sarah Syborn, head gardener

This lily takes minimum of 4 years to flower so has been a long term project but well worth the wait.

Introduced to the UK in 1852 and originating in the Himalayas and NW Burma it grows to a height of over 6ft making it one of the largest lilies in the world. The fragrance is wonderful and can be smelt from a good distance.
The lily in the photo is at the church end of the garden amongst the tree ferns but there are others elsewhere.

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