In one of my recent posts I mentioned that I bought an unknown lily from a local nursery. Floridagirl at http://gardeninpeace.blogspot.com/ helped me to identify that lily is one of Griffinia cordata, Griffinia aracensis or G. liboniana. I think the best match is Griffinia liboniana since my plant has spotted leaves. Thank you, Floridagirl! Its origin is Brazilian rainforest. Even it is small, but what a cute beauty it is!
Chinese Common name: 蓝晶花 (blue crystal flower)
I visited the same nursery again a couple of weeks ago, and discovered another lily like plant in blooming. The flower is orange color with long yellow stamens. The one that is flowering doesn't have leaves, but I can see leaves on other non-flowering plants. The leaves are similar to the one that Griffinia liboniana has, without spots though. I asked the owner Sherry what its name is, and she said: "Orange lily, go find the name and bring back to me, and I will write down." She is such a pleasant lady with a good sense of humor, and every time I visit her nursery, we always chat a little bit about plants.
I used the google image to match this lily. After going through a couple of hundreds of pictures, I found the match!
It is called Peruvian Lily or the scientific name Eucrosia Bicolor, from Amaryllidaceae family. It is found in Ecuador and Peru. I am so glad to find another bulb will thrive in South Florida.
Now you know why Sherry's nursery becomes my favorite nursery. Every time I go there, I feel like going treasure hunt. With no disappointment, I almost always can find something new and worth bringing home. This lily is another treasure I discovered!
For readers living in Broward County Florida, if you are interested in this nursery, you might not be able to find it from the Internet. Its name is "Bah's Nursery", and it is located on the south side of Griffin Rd, East of I-75. If you drive on Griffin Rd from West to East, you can find "Bah's Nursery" sign on the right side of the road after you pass I-75 not far away. No, Sherry did not ask me to write this for her,and she even does not know I have a blog. For a nursery like this, I am happy to use my little public space to promote this hidden treasure. Happy Hunting :)