REGAL LILY Lilium regale
In grand botanical garden beds and countless humbler household plots, regal lilies reign supreme. While ubiquitous today, the regal
lily's only natural habitat is a 30-mile stretch of rocky cliffs in a narrow
valley in the Hengduan Mountains. It is Wilson's most famous introduction, both
for its beauty and for nearly costing him his life. In 1910 a landslide
devastated Wilson's party as they were collecting hundreds of lily bulbs. A
falling rock shattered Wilson's leg and left him with what he later nicknamed
his "lily limp."