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Martin

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Jacob's Lily ?
« on: May 31, 2007, 07:03:51 AM »
Hello,

I purchased a bulb last autumn with the name "Jacob's Lily" on the packet, no botanical name listed. It is now in flower, and I would like to know the proper name. It is similar to Amaryllis, deep red in colour. very pretty. Anyone know anything about it. Cannot find anything on Google.

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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2007, 07:16:58 AM »
Hi Martin - is it Sprekelia formosissima ?
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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007, 12:38:28 PM »
There is a picture of the Spreklia here http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=474.msg12486#msg12486. If that is it.
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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007, 05:09:48 PM »
Thats the kiddy !! Thank you very much, I can label it up properly now.

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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 10:03:07 PM »
Sprekelia formosissima has the "common" name of Jacobean lily. But why, for Heaven's sake?
Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9

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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2007, 12:34:58 PM »
After a little searching the common names shed some light 

Etymology: Late Latin Jacobus (Saint James)

From New Latin Jacobaeus, from Late Latin Iacbus, Iacobus, James, Jacob

named after Johann Heinrich von Sprekelson
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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2007, 12:38:05 PM »
I wonder if some old painting showed Saint James with a flower that looked like this, or that a similar flower was shown in Jacobean tapestries... the flower has been known in cultivation since Jacobean times in Britain, I believe.
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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2007, 02:44:14 PM »
"But why?"

Supposedly from the resemblance to the cross of St Jacob of Caltrava:

http://www.allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/rord.html#calatrava
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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2007, 06:48:52 PM »
Aha! That seems reasonable. Thanks, Rob.
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Re: Jacob's Lily ?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2007, 12:21:10 AM »
Yes indeed, thanks Rob. It does look very like the Calatrava cross.
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