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Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Orange Red-Orange
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Flower Shape: Recurved
Bloom Size: 6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)
Color Pattern: Spotted Papillae
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) By dividing the bulb's scales From seed; sow indoors before last frost From bulbils
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Sep 17, 2009, JerryMurray from Belfair, WA wrote:
Noxious weeds have taken America by storm; whether grasses, annuals, perennials, shrubs or trees. Non-native plants should not be allowed to naturalize in a non-native environ, excepting 'possibly' a yard. Yet, dependent on how the plant diseminates seed and propagates, one must take caution. Some people think ivy and Scot's broom are decorative - now they have taken over many wild areas of the western US from Canada to Chili. Lilium lancifolium can be a weedy species, depending on location. What we gardeners do not want to see is a non-native lily marching across the nation and hybridizing with native lilies. I believe lancifolium is a weedy naturalized pest in the mid to eastern US.
Be very careful that if you do grow them do so in a closed environment, that they are kept from the wild and native lily populations.
On Jun 17, 2008, elissad from Lafayette, IN wrote:
My tiger lily just sprouted up last year by an act of nature. It is growing in a quite shady spot and maybe only receives and hour or two of light per day. Last year I had 2 stalks and this year I'm up to 7. At the end of this growing season I plan on moving it to an area where it will be more appreciated, yet away from my other lilies where it may negatively affect them.
I have been growing this plant for the past 8 years and find that they are absolutely beautiful. Over the past three years, I have noticed a red bug that has been eating the leaves and leaving a black sack on the underside of the leaves. I have sprayed an insecticide, but that is only a temporary remedy. Does anyone know what this insect is or how to keep it off of the flowers?
On Apr 8, 2008, feelinmymonkie from Clover, SC wrote:
I had only one plant last summer, & I harvested the seed pods. I stored them in my fridge for about 6 weeks & then put them in a glass of water by a window. When the tip of the seed started looking like a root was coming out I put the seed in a pot of soil & every seed made a new plant! I hope this information will be useful for someone else because I had to try a lot of different methods before I found one that worked.
On Jan 17, 2008, fburg696 from Farmersburg, IN wrote:
Very nice plant for the garden, there have been tiger lilies at my house since as long as I can remember and they come back and multiply every year. I just throw the bulbils on the ground when they are ready and nature does the rest.
They grow under wisteria vines so I can use the vine to hold them up and its a great alternative to staking!
Great color and stature, some of mine get well over 5ft in height. Great summer show.
On May 6, 2007, RaiderLep from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:
These are tough, easy to grow plants that yeild an abundance of beautiful orange flowers. However, I agree with several experts that they can be a dangerous disease carrier. I planted several of them next to a mass planting of Stargazer Lilies last spring. The Tiger Lilies look great this year and have multiplied. Unfortunately, approximately one-third of the neighboring Stargazers have streaked leaves this year and they're smaller than their healthy counterparts. I planted around twenty other Stargazer bulbs from the same supplier in other parts of the yard and all of them look great so far.
If you could keep these plants isolated I would give them a positive rating. If you plant them near other lilies (or anything else), you may be asking for trouble. I can't prove that the Tiger Lilies were responsible for infecting my Stargazers with a virus, but it appears to be more than a coincidence. Although suppliers may guarantee that Tigers are virus free, they have no way of inspecting each bulb's tissue for viruses. I've decided to give the Tiger Lily a neutral rating because I really like the plant itself, but it's not 100% safe to place them in your garden among other plants.
On Jul 25, 2006, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
These lilies are soooo striking and exotic looking. Also very easy to grow, as stated above.
The only problem I have is that it takes so long for mine to flower. I planted mature plants two-three years ago and they're finally flowering now and still, only two of the stems. I'm going to transfer most of them to 100% full sun this fall.
These plants produce a lot of bulbils, I've sometimes counted four at one leaf axis and they detach easily but I don't see this as being invasive.
Most of the bulbils I've collected have sprouted in the plastic cup collection cup.
On Jul 18, 2006, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:
This is a reliable bloomer. It grows nearly 5 feet tall in my garden. It tolerates part-shade very well. It has nice, dark green foliage and sturdy stems. The down facing flowers have curled back petals and are an electric orange color with purple spots.
On Jul 9, 2006, flakeygardener from Montreal, QC (Zone 5a) wrote:
I grow this in Zone 5a and my sister grows it in Zone 4a. She gave me - 5 plants 4 years ago and I forgot them in a plastic bag at my mother's for two weeks. I finally brought them home and planted them - after a few more days. The next year I had 8 plants. This year I have 17. I have neglected them badly. I'm not much of a weeder. I have a city garden that had not been used for years (if ever). The earth is heavliy laced with clay from 75 years of run-off from the building I live in.
There is one plant that is not doing well this year. There are only two tiny buds on it and the bulbils (?) are oversized. I'm thinking of taking it out now in case it is diseased.
All the other plants have 6 or more buds on them and I'm expecting the first blooms in a day or two - right on schedule. They'll look gorgeous beside my purple coneflowers.
I feel special because there are day lilies all over in this area, but nobody else has tiger lilies. I'm not sure why - they seem indestructable to me!
On May 13, 2006, rubygloomrox from Red Wing, MN wrote:
While they aren't scented, they are super easy to grow and very hardy. They were my first try at collecting seeds to propagate and I ended up with so many plants I had to give them away.
A lot of times when people admire my garden and would like to start gardening themselves, I give them a few of these to s tart with. It is such a confidence booster for the new gardener that they are soon willing to try a lot of other plants.
They look very pretty and striking with the right background. I have them in an area where the color really stands out. Some of my best plant photos are of the tiger lilies.
On Mar 10, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is a sentimental favorite of mine. I remember the bulblets, from childhood, being really 'neat.' My dad gave me the plant back a couple of years ago. Last summer, I cut a stem for him to have in his room at the nursing center where he had rehab. It gave a succession of open flowers for days in such a bright color he couldn't miss it with his bad eyes. Maybe it's good luck too, because he's doing great!
These are big showy flowers that bloom over a decent span of time. There are a couple of things to keep in mind about them. If you don't pick the bulbils off, they can easily take over. Put them where you want them for a long time, because they are hard to move. Not that they don't transplant well, but because they like to keep coming back where they originally were. Also, the pollen does stain and bears a magnetic attaction to white/light clothing! Other than rabbits, I don't think it has any enemies. I've read that it is hardy in zones 1-10. Blooms July-August in my garden.
On Jul 18, 2004, grammaj46 from Charlevoix, MI (Zone 4a) wrote:
I have had Tiger lillies in my gardens for years, and get many new plants every year. two years ago I transplanted 6 lillies into a new bed, this year I had twice that many mature plants, (shocked me), they over shadowed other plants, so "I bit the bullett" and transplanted them when they were over 2 feet tall, BIG clump of dirt, plenty of water in the next few days, now they`re twice as tall with lots of buds, Needless to say I am pleased. Lucky too!!!!
On May 21, 2004, Dan_Brown from Elm Grove, LA wrote:
I love this plant! I aquired my first bulbs from a neighbor up the dirt road from my house, and they have bloomed faithfully for about six years in a large bed with dutch and bearded irises, hymenocallis, hippeastrum and other lilies like Easter, Stargazer, and some other hybrids! Mine has spread from a clump of about 3 bulbs to about 12 stems and many of the black bubils have come up although these plants are small, but are making bubils of their own. I would like to spread them out but really don't want to disturb them, although my wife would like them carefully separated and planted in several places. Maybe I'll get my nerve soon. As far as the unsightly dead stems, I cut them off at the ground with loping shears as quickly as they die and burn them and it's no trouble.
Blessed, Dan Brown, Elm Grove, LA
On Jul 31, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
I acquired my plants from a fellow Master Gardener at a plant swap in a suburb of Atlanta about three years ago. My plants survived one summer in a pot, and they are now doing quite well in a raised flower bed in northcentral Florida, zone 8b.
The oldest plant grew to about five feet tall this summer, with numerous bulbils and four large flowers. I removed the bulbils just before and during flowering in early June this year, and placed them in pots, and they have begun sprouting, with one new plant gowing about six inches tall in just two months. The tall dying mature stems do become brown and unattractive in late summer, so this tall plant does well in the back of a perennial border, where its late summer unattractive stems can be hidden by later, lusher vegetative growth.
This plant will spread readily through its fallen, black bulbils that form in the leaf axils, and I've already given some baby plants away to friends, as it is a long standing "pass-a-long" plant of the Coastal South.
Steve Bender's & Felder Rushing's book, Passalong Plants says this lily has been grown in China for over 2,000 years as a major food crop. "Scales from its egg-shaped bulbs were peeled, seasoned, cooked and eaten by the millions." It came to Europe in the late 1600's through the Dutch East India Company, and to America in the 1830's where "...in many places it naturalized and is now considered an American wildflower."
This lily is often confused with the U.S. native Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily), but is different in leaf structure and coloring. And according to this book, Tiger Lilies resist hybridizing because they are a rare "triploid" that can't be made to change their spots.
Has long, lance shaped mid to deep green leaves borne on dark stems which are sometimes hairy. Bears reddish orange, pendant, unscented, turkscap (petals strongly recurved) flowers, spotted with purple. Also forms small bulbils in the leaf axils on the upper part of the stems which are quite easy to propagate.
Flowers July - September
Loves moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or light shade. It will tolerate slightly alkaline soils and will happily form a clump in the right conditions.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Jones, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama Northport, Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2 reports) Vincent, Alabama Anchorage, Alaska Kenai, Alaska Magnet Cove, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas , California Brownsville, California San Francisco, California Colorado Springs, Colorado Sterling, Colorado Ferry Pass, Florida Gainesville, Florida Hollywood, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Old Town, Florida Orange Springs, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Tallahassee, Florida (2 reports) Blacksville, Georgia Cornelia, Georgia Dallas, Georgia Hawkinsville, Georgia Royston, Georgia Wrens, Georgia Evanston, Illinois Florence, Illinois Jacksonville, Illinois Macomb, Illinois Morris, Illinois Nilwood, Illinois Rockford, Illinois Washington, Illinois Westchester, Illinois Williamsville, Illinois Bremen, Indiana De Motte, Indiana Farmersburg, Indiana La Porte, Indiana Macy, Indiana Mooresville, Indiana Des Moines, Iowa Willowbrook, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Lancaster, Kentucky Mc Dowell, Kentucky Collinston, Louisiana Elm Grove, Louisiana Cornville, Maine Brookeville, Maryland Millersville, Maryland Preston, Maryland Brockton, Massachusetts Cambridge, Massachusetts East Pepperell, Massachusetts Halifax, Massachusetts Haydenville, Massachusetts Hyde Park, Massachusetts Quincy, Massachusetts (2 reports) Springfield, Massachusetts Ann Arbor, Michigan Charlevoix, Michigan Elkton, Michigan Grosse Pointe, Michigan Houghton Lake, Michigan Lakeview, Michigan Mason, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Fridley, Minnesota Gem Lake, Minnesota Red Wing, Minnesota Grenada, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Columbia, Missouri Hoberg, Missouri Pleasant Valley, Missouri Ogallala, Nebraska Lemmon Valley-golden Valley, Nevada Auburn, New Hampshire Dover, New Hampshire Greenville, New Hampshire Littleton, New Hampshire Hamilton, New Jersey Malaga, New Jersey Mauricetown, New Jersey South Plainfield, New Jersey Los Alamos, New Mexico , New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Nineveh, New York Bessemer City, North Carolina Bowmore, North Carolina Concord, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports) Belfield, North Dakota Cleveland, Ohio Englewood, Ohio Tipp City, Ohio Whitehall, Ohio Brush Creek, Oklahoma Okeene, Oklahoma Baker City, Oregon Salem, Oregon Butler, Pennsylvania Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania Fullerton, Pennsylvania Greencastle, Pennsylvania Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Malvern, Pennsylvania , Quebec Conway, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina India Hook, South Carolina Laurens, South Carolina Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Broadland, South Dakota Christiana, Tennessee Crossville, Tennessee Germantown, Tennessee Lafayette, Tennessee Middle Valley, Tennessee Westmoreland, Tennessee , Texas Broaddus, Texas Cross Roads, Texas Fritch, Texas Paris, Texas Richmond, Texas La Sal, Utah Montpelier, Vermont Fancy Gap, Virginia Jonesville, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Manassas, Virginia Belfair, Washington Camas, Washington Chimacum, Washington Eatonville, Washington Seattle, Washington Selah, Washington Washougal, Washington White Center, Washington Great Cacapon, West Virginia Altoona, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Minocqua, Wisconsin Thiensville, Wisconsin Cody, Wyoming