This I regard as one of Kirk's most important
Not only is it a superb plant, but more importantly Kirk used
it to produce many later hybrids. So without it the world of
water gardening would definitely be a poorer place.
Flowers are fully double, very fragrant and have one of the most
pleasing forms of any hardy lily I know. They are held high above
the foliage on mature plants. In common with many pink lilies,
young plants will produce somewhat paler flowers, but by maturity
they become a good rich pink. Reliably free flowering.
Nigel has a running rootstock (odorata) so requires a large container
in which to spread. Planting in small containers can result in
distorted flowers and leaves, caused by the growing point coming
into contact with the sides of the pot.
There is some confusion regarding the true identity of this hybrid,
this has led to more than one plant being sold under the name
'Nigel'. The plant I regard as the true 'Nigel' is a far superior
plant (fully double and superior flower form) to the others I
have seen . This leads me to believe that the others are merely
seedlings. 'Nigel' is a prolific producer of viable seed,
so when you combine this with a warm climate, seedlings are the
inevitable result. The true 'Nigel' is also quite slow to produce
offsets and is therefore rare in cultivation.
^ High summer