It is often thus, the best in art appears effortless; the most compelling science, once understood, seems obvious. But talk at length with any artist or scientist and you will learn that what appears simple is actually the culmination of a great deal of work. Zephyr, or Jamestown, lilies are like that, too. These seemingly simple flowers are merely the elegant end product of some very complex underlying biology, the details of which are imperfectly understood.

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Copyright © 2007 Virginia Native Plant Society. This article first appeared in Bulletin of the Virginia Native Plant Society 26:2 (2007), 1, 6.

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