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PlantFiles: Easter Lily
Lilium longiflorum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: longiflorum (lon-jee-FLO-rum) (Info)

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5 - Longiflorum hybrids

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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:
Light Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)
6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
By dividing the bulb's scales
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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14 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coastalzonepush On Feb 10, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

these seem to be reliable perennials here, although each one produces only a few flowers. they seem to grow better following a cold winter. a neighbor has them growing on their northern side - i think this is especially important in Florida.

i read somewhere a while back, that removing the stamens, or just the anthers, can help the flowers last longer. plus they won't be stained with gold pollen (if you don't like that).

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

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ

Oddly, I have trouble with longiflorums. Maybe they need more of a sharp cold snap than we have down here to really keep them vigorous. My stalks still have not dried off from last summer and it's spring; they often rot out and just go weird, never really prospering despite the good drainage and care I give them. My other oriental and regale lilies are fine.
Wish I knew what I was doing wrong! I suspect it's viral.
Oh well.

Positive lawgal On Jun 10, 2009, lawgal from Pikesville, MD wrote:

My neighborhood church gave me about 15 pots a few years ago after Easter was over. I planted them in the ground and now have hundreds!

Each plant sends up about 6 new babies every year. I've been digging them up, potting them and selling them.

Such a wonderful and hearty bloomer! It survives both the heat and drought we get in Maryland, and the cold winters (when we have them) just fine.

Positive kassy_51 On May 29, 2009, kassy_51 from Marinette, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

My mother grew these outside in Wisconsin. Some would die out over the winter, but some would make it. The one that she had that did the best was planted by the house. Seemed to do well because the heat from the house would help it during the winter. The last year it blossomed there were about 30 blossoms on it. I will upload the last picture that I got of it.
The year my mom died, the house sat empty during the winter, heat was kept lower, so the plant died out :(

Positive eliasastro On Oct 19, 2008, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very easy to grow even in poor soils.
In my area they are planted outdoors in the autumn and flower in late May.
They die down in the summer.
Light frost and snow may not affect foliage, but can cause great harm in the following blooming (the flower buds are destroyed, even before appearing).

Positive Gabrielle On Apr 4, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I got some several years ago and planted them; they come up each year and bloom around August.

Positive keyi On Jun 25, 2006, keyi from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:

Planted this one in my sunny garden after Easter in 2002. It has bloomed the last two summers.

Positive nipajo On Jun 2, 2004, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I do know that the lily blooms in the sun but because I have very little sun, I had to put it in the shade and they did beautifully. Of course they are leaning out to catch that glimpse of sun, but every one of them bloomed. I also get mine from church every easter. They stay in the ground and when they finish blooming slowly die back to nothing and what a surprise in the spring.

Positive Dan_Brown On May 22, 2004, Dan_Brown from Elm Grove, LA wrote:

I love this plant! All of my bulbs came from a nursery, my mother's cousin (I suppose that makes him my cousin as well doesn't it? LOL) runs in Springhill, LA that specializes in these and poinsettias (sp?). Any that he doesn't sell to his retail sellers after Easter he throws away and I have gotten him into the habit of saving them for me. I have some bulbs that produce 12 to 15 blooms per and they seem to multiply faithfully in this area. I love their fragrance!
Blessed, by free and faithful bulbs, Dan Brown, Elm Grove, LA

Positive TeaLeaves On Apr 23, 2004, TeaLeaves from mecosta, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've grown Easter Lilies in mid-Michigan for years. It is correct that they don't get as tall but mine have always put out beautiful fragrant flowers every year. After the store bought plant has finished blooming I plant it outdoors and cut it back also. More people should give it a try.

Positive dstartz On Apr 21, 2004, dstartz from Deep South Texas, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Once the greenery dies back I unearth the bottom part of the plant, break off any roots, then place the scales in a ziplock bag with enough soil to cover them loosely. All of this goes into the refrigerator until the last month of winter. I then break off the larger scales and plant them, as well as the core holding the smaller scales, all in separate pots. It's a great way to increase your plant count quickly.

Positive sundry On Jun 7, 2003, sundry from Franklin, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Zone 9a, South Louisiana

I brought home three "orphans" from a local grocery store/florist in 2001 (freebies!), planted them together in a large pot on the patio, wished 'em luck and went on my way. They are perfectly happy in the full hot sun, enjoying my neglect.

This year there are 8 plants in that pot (I plan to divide them after they die back) which grew to about three feet tall and produced 6 - 8 glorious trumpets each, from May 4 to May 18.

As to the toxicity of the plant, yes, they are toxic, and not just to cats. But I've never had a cat nibble any of my lilies. My own cat, Susan, showed no interest in them at all. Our dog, Stupid, likes to munch in my gardens, but he avoids poison plants on his own, and ignores the lilies altogether.

Positive gabriell On Jun 7, 2003, gabriell from Tyler, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bring home at least one each year from my church.I now have a bed full.They always bloom but not at always at Easter.This year they have just finished.I find them very hearty.

Positive KK_MEM On Jun 6, 2003, KK_MEM from Collierville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Agree. We received it as a gift in March 2002 - a store bought type. After it was done blooming, I planted it in the flowerbed (full sun). Cut it to ground and it all but disappeared for the rest of 2002. Come spring 2003 and it springs back to life with full force. Grew strong than last year with multiple stems, and gave us beautiful flowers (11 total count). See 3rd and 4th photos posted above.

Positive cmlnmbs On Dec 31, 2002, cmlnmbs from Ashland, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

From Zone 3 in Northern Wisconsin:

Instead of throwing out Easter Lilies after Easter, we have found that it is very simple to rest them by letting them die back, and planting them in the garden in spring. Ours have multiplied and bloom every year. However, this far north they do not grow back to the same height as they do when bought from stores before Easter. Ours have choosen to grow to about 1' tall.

Hearing they are toxic to cats is news to me, because we have to keep the wild rabbits from chewing on the blossoms!

They have become a nice addition to our rock garden, and we never dig them out in the fall.

Negative dukert On Nov 4, 2002, dukert wrote:

All parts of Easter lilies and several other types of lilies are very poisonous to cats if injested by cats. They cause kidney failure in cats.


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

Montrose, Arkansas
Oak View, California
Sacramento, California
Salinas, California
Santee, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Inverness, Florida (2 reports)
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Keystone Heights, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Orlando, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Dubuque, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Elm Grove, Louisiana
Franklin, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Edgewater, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Hemlock, Michigan
Florence, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Southold, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Yukon, Oklahoma
Hillsboro, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Collierville, Tennessee
Alice, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Brownsville, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Greenville, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
La Porte, Texas
Spring, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Wittenberg, Wisconsin

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