LA Hybrid Lily
Lilies are classic when it comes to summer cut flowers. Stately Oriental varieties, with their large fragrant flowers and recurved petals, have long been fashion favorites. Shorter, smaller-flowered Asiatic hybrids are prized for their variety of bold colors.
For years, North American flower lovers chose cut lily varieties mostly from these two dominant groups. But not any more. The world of lilies is going topsy-turvy. Busy hybridizers have developed whole new groups of lilies that are rocking the industry and expanding the choices available to lily lovers.
Over the past decade a new group of lilies, the LA hybrids, has captivated the attention of the cut flower world. They are a cross between the popular Asiatic hybrids and the Lilium longiflorum, the type we often refer to in the US as Easter lilies.
These new crossings combine the color range of the Asiatics with the elegant flower form and fragrance of the Easter lilies. While the Asiatic varieties continue to be the most plentiful lily varieties, experts say they are fast being overtaken by the new LA hybrids.