PARADISEA LILIASTRUM - St. Bruno’s Lily
A hardy herbaceous perennial flowering plant from central Europe, which belongs to the Lily family, Liliaceae. From the perennial rootstock rise linear (long, narrow) leaves, 12 in. in length. The flowers, which are funnel-shaped and white, tipped with green, are borne on stems 12 in. high in June. The variety major is a larger and much better plant than the typical kind. The name Paradisea honors Count Giovanni Paradisi, of Modena.
Paradisea requires a partially shaded position and deep, rich soil. The site is prepared by deep digging and incorporating liberal quantities of compost, leaf mold or well-decayed manure. Planting is done in early fall or early spring, when the plants are set 18 in. apart in irregular clumps. In the summer the soil is kept moist by mulching with decayed manure.
Propagation is by division or by seeds. Division is done at planting time, when the plants are lifted carefully to avoid damaging the roots. They are then separated into pieces and replanted in freshly prepared soil.
Seeds are sown in early summer in a welldrained flowerpot or pan. A pane of glass is laid over the pot to prevent the moisture from evaporating, and it is set in a shady frame.
When germination takes place, the glass is removed and the seedlings are exposed to the light. As soon as two or three leaves have formed, the seedlings are transplanted, 2 in. apart, into a flat of soil. They are well watered and shaded until established. When they show signs of becoming overcrowded, they are planted out in a nursery border 6 in. apart, where they remain until large enough to plant in their permanent positions.