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PlantFiles: 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:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive joan30157 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.

Positive plantzperson 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.

Positive DGirl 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.

Positive aking1a 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.

Positive soilsandup 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.

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

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


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
Spring, Texas
Texarkana, Texas

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