I can't quite put my finger on why, but I
always think of this hybrid as something of an oddity. Its astonishingly
vibrant blooms may go some way to account for this, but I guess
it's just a feeling one gets sometimes.
If there were a prize for most vibrant red lily, 'Reflected Flame'
would be right up there. Very few hardy lilies ever achieve this
level of flower intensity! This has long had me wondering just
why does this one stand out from the crowd? Upon closer examination
of the blooms, something struck me. The stamens carry exactly
the same intense hues as do the petals. Only the stamen tips
are yellow. Although this is not unique among hardies, Kirk's
'Gypsy' for example is similar,
it certainly contributes to the dazzling effect. Once again Kirk
really hit the nail on the head when naming this one - sums it
The flowers of young plants do not always show the same intensity
and are often streaked rather than solid colour. This is particularly
evident early in the season during cooler
weather. Once mature, the blooms are held high above the foliage
giving a really tropical looking display. 'Reflected Flame' is
free flowering but does seem to appreciate as much sun and warmth
Sadly this hybrid is rarely available, and therefore doesn't
receive the attention it deserves. Although flowers are smaller
than in some varieties, the sheer intensity makes it worth growing.