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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium speciosum var. album

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: speciosum var. album

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9 - Species

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
By dividing the bulb's scales
By scoring the base of the bulb to promote new bulblets

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bottlegreen On Aug 31, 2009, bottlegreen from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I planted 25 of these in the fall of 2007. I'm pretty sure they didn't flower (even come up?) last year--how could I have missed them?! This season they're spectacular dotted here and there thoughout the garden. The only problem is some yellowing of the leaves. But they're so lovely that I'm ordering more.

Positive jmorth On Nov 28, 2008, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Last lily in garden to bloom, usually mid to late August.

Positive plntsrok On Aug 12, 2008, plntsrok from Detroit, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

This too just bloomed today here in Detroit, (8/11/08). No fragrance so far, although I haven't visited it at night yet.


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

Sonoma, California
Divernon, Illinois
Detroit, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Portland, Oregon

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