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Philippine Lily

Lilium philippinense

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: philippinense (fil-ip-ee-NEN-see) (Info)
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9 - Species

Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:





Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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:


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

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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


Sacramento, California

Tallahassee, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Dodge City, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana

Many, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Ijamsville, Maryland

Clinton, Mississippi

Perkinston, Mississippi

Pontotoc, Mississippi

Lynchburg, Ohio

Summerville, South Carolina

Addison, Texas

Austin, Texas

Baytown, Texas

Bellaire, Texas

Broaddus, Texas

College Station, Texas

Houston, Texas

La Porte, Texas

League City, Texas

Magnolia, Texas (2 reports)

Spring, Texas

Texarkana, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 30, 2008, joan30157 from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very easy to grow lily. It is hardy here in my zone 7b garden. Blooms here around August with a very nice perfume.


On Feb 18, 2005, plantzperson from Zachary, LA wrote:

I have grown this lily for about 6 years at my home & at the grounds of a museum that I work for. I have a photo of it at 93 inches tall, with my daughter standing beside it, taken in September. It blooms late and great here and smells wonderful! I grow it among the roses Carefree Beauty & Cecile Brunner, with daylilies mixed it the bed. The seed pods are lovely & are useful in natural arrangements. The seeds look just like sprouted grass so be careful not to destroy them when they come up. A great lily for the cottage garden look.


On Feb 17, 2005, DGirl from Perkinston, MS wrote:

I started with a couple small plants I dug from a yard and when the seeds dropped I had them everywhere. They look like grass coming up and can be mistaken. They are my husbands favorite, they can get to about 6' tall or more and very eyecatching.


On Aug 26, 2004, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Lilium formosanum phillipinense is a very unusual plant and at 6-8 feet tall, quite a conversation piece. The pure white lillies cluster 5-6 blooms per stalk. The down side is that when this plant does not get enough sun, it will lean to the light and frequently will fall over. If planted in a sunny area, it will require almost no care. Unless you have a rather tall fence to plant in front of, do expect it to be the dominant feature in your bed. Great for cut flowers - they will out last almost everything else on your mantle.


On Mar 9, 2004, soilsandup from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought a 6" potted Philippine Lily three years ago at a plant sale at the University of California, Davis. In zone 9b, this plant starts blooming in late summer and continue into autumn, adding color to the garden late in the season. I divided the plant last year and placed some divisions in the ground and it has grown quite well out of the pot and has survived the past winter. Requires very little care. I let one bloom go to seed and racked some soil over it last fall. Will see if I get seedlings. A good addition to any garden, but especially those who are interested in extending the bloom time in an all-white garden.


On Aug 16, 2001, Badseed from Hillsboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This lily has a wonderful scent-very much like a citrus perfume.