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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Sorbonne'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Sorbonne

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One vendor has this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TBGDN On Aug 18, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This was another addition to my lily garden in 2006. Like the others I acquired this year it arrived in a box on Saturday, May 6 around noon. By 4:00 PM it was in the ground looking forward to this day. Although a gorgeous flower by any standard, its appearance is very much like that of Stargazer, but MUCH larger in size. I am amazed the stems can bear the weight. I ordered two bulbs and both have bloomed with three buds each. The color is very rich with a variation in hue deeper into the center of the flower. The white rim around each petal is an added accent to this outstanding bloom.

Positive jamie68 On Jul 13, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very pretty!! Lovely shade of pink/magenta.....great, large blooms! One of my favorites!


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Macy, Indiana
Bay City, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Natchez, Mississippi
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin

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