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Crown Imperial Lily
Cultivated by the mid 1700s, the Crown Imperial Lily, with its bell-shaped blossoms pendulosly crowning the top of a three-foot stem, was much sought after, and Jefferson requested samples of this dramatic lily from Bernard McMahon five times before finally receiving three bulbs in 1812. By 1816, Jefferson's plantings at Monticello were strong enough to have shoots forwarded to his retreat home, Poplar Forest.
At Monticello, the orange/red-flowered 'Rubra' and yellow-flowered 'Lutea' varieties both appear.