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PlantFiles: David's Lily
Lilium davidii

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Lilium davidii var. davidii

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9 - Species

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

Flower Habit:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plntsrok On Sep 8, 2009, plntsrok from Detroit, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grew it for the 1st time this year. It is a great addition and the blooms seemed to last for a long time.

Positive grik On Aug 1, 2009, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I grow this lily on my boulevard garden with blue lyme grass underneath a honey locust tree. The orange flowers are set off nicely by the powdery blue foliage of the grass and the lily seems to compete well enough with the grass and seems to be flourishing.


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

Fox, Alaska
Kenai, Alaska
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Detroit, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Altoona, Wisconsin

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