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PlantFiles: Asiatic Lily
Lilium 'America'

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

1 - Asiatic hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From bulbils

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lehua_mc On Jul 8, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I sooo covet the red blooms! I'm positive (hence the rating) my small field of 9 starter bulbs will eventually fulfill my desires, but instead of growing tall and blossoming, they are growing little friends besides them and stopping around 6" high. I did use a bulb fertilizer when they were put in...

Positive SW_gardener On Mar 27, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful unique dark red colour that can't be compared to anything else.........the only way to describe the colour is if you mixed red wine and watermelon together this is what it would look like! Very vibrant!

Positive TBGDN On Feb 4, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am not sure of this Asiatic lily's background, but when I first saw it in a bulb catalog I was doubtful of its red color. I have to give it a positive rating for its color alone! It is a deep, vibrant red which draws a lot of attention. Its growth and bloom habits are also good. Often it will bloom as early as Memorial Day. It even grows bubils at the leaf axils which fall off at maturity and attach themselves to the soil with tiny roots. I have even found a few bubils with small green stems growing out the tops before they fall off the axils. Generally I prefer light to pastel colors in all lilies, but this one gets an A+ for its bold color and determination to perform.


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

Macy, Indiana
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Englewood, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Sumter, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington

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