Iowa Regional Lily Society (IRLS)
Growing Lilies in Iowa and neighboring states since 1973
when a Lily bloom has more
than the usual six petals.
Some lily cultivars do this
Fasciation is a condition
of plant growth in which the
lily stem becomes elongated
perpendicularly to the
flattened, ribbon-like, crested,
or elaborately contorted tissue.
head of buds --not eligible for
ribbons in a lily show.
Flattened ribbon stem
Crowded bud head
Split into multiple stems
Fasciated stem in bloom
Lilies are very diverse and can grow in some pretty wierd ways in
your garden. Here are some of the things that our IRLS members
have seen happen. Don't worry--it's all within the range of "normal"
for our lovely lilies!
Aerial Bulbils: exact clones
of the cultivar that will turn
into a blooming bulb in 3
years. Usually a L. lancifolium
Bulblets: exact clones of the cultivar that will turn
into a blooming bulb in 3 years. These bulbs grow
on the underground portion of the lily stem.
leaves from a late frost or a cool, rainy spring.The
leaves should look normal the next year
Fuzzy Buds: not insect or
weather damage-- Perfectly
normal and interesting for some
Nodding Buds: Not a limp
stem or bud problem--Normal
configuration for martagon lily
formations as the bud head emerges from the leaves.
Normal for some cultivars.