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PlantFiles: Regal Lily
Lilium regale

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: regale (re-GAY-lee) (Info)

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9 - Species

Flower Habit:
(b) Out-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

Color Pattern:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the bulb's scales
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sandwichkatexan On May 26, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

One of the few lilies that thrives in Texas heat , The bulbs are huge now after being in the ground several years . I think i will divide them next spring .

Positive baiissatva On Sep 1, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ
These lilies are very popular in New Zealand, blooming around and known as the 'Christmas lily'. They are highly perfumed and less fussy than orientals; I've seen them grow in virtually any soil as long as it is mounded or well drained. They always remind me of my great grandmother, who kept a group of them beside her blackcurrants.
Be aware though, that there is an almost identical-looking variety or species with a slightly greener throat that has no scent whatsoever.
For the best number of blooms, plant in full sun as they seem more sensitive to this requirement than some other species. Very lovely and undemanding.

Positive renwings On Jul 9, 2007, renwings from Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Glorious Fragrance! I planted this under my bedroom window and at night the fragrance is just heavenly. Beautifully formed flowers are doing very well in my very sandy soil.

This is a new favorite!!

Positive TBGDN On Feb 14, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

During the Victorian period, European plant explorers, mostly British, tramped endlessly through the world's jungles as Plant Explorers looking for "new" species. Their exotic finds poured into Europe and the US like a flood as gardeners took one new plant after another into their hearts and into their gardens. Probably the most famous explorer was a British botanist named E. H. Wilson. He discovered so many plants in China that he ended up being nicknamed "Chinese Wilson." During the early 1900s, Dr. Wilson was recruited to the US by Boston's Arnold Arboretum, and working for them, revisited the Orient many times. On one historic occasion in Western China, he spotted a spectacular wild lily blooming in a ravine. He became so excited, he lost his footing trying to reach it, and tumbled down the steep slope. He did get to the lily, of course, but not until doing permanent damage to one of his legs in the fall. For the rest of his life, Dr. Wilson walked with the result, which he called his "lily limp." The famously seductive wild lily was Lilium regale which the world soon knew as The Regal Lily. In fact, the introduction of Wilson's magnificent L. regale rocked the gardening world overnight. And the rest is, literally, history. The Regal Lily is still one of the most treasured garden lilies, even though it has served as parent to a whole host of hybrids called "The Trumpet Lilies". But ask any expert: none of the hybrids are as lovely as the original. (I found this information while doing some research [and ordering] at American Meadows website in Vermont.)

Positive meadowgarden On Jul 1, 2004, meadowgarden from Rockford, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have some in full sun and some in part shade. All do well. Scent wafts into entire garden

Positive Lophophora On Jul 9, 2002, Lophophora from Tokyo
Japan wrote:

The Regal Lily is an apt name.

A fragrance that Chanel should strive for.

Easy to grow, forgiving of bad pH, overwatering, and frost. Will continually multiply by bulblets.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Smiths, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Russellville, Arkansas
Arcata, California
Mountain View, California
Redwood City, California
San Leandro, California
Newark, Delaware
Fountain, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Chadwick, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Nashville, Indiana
Sadieville, Kentucky
Springfield, Massachusetts
Blair, Nebraska
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Schenectady, New York
Southold, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Napoleon, Ohio
Xenia, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Brandon, South Dakota
Copperas Cove, Texas
Johnson City, Texas
Danville, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
North Sultan, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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