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PlantFiles: Shiroi Lily, Shirui Lily, Siroi Lily
Lilium mackliniae

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: mackliniae
Registered or introduced: 1946

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9 - Species

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 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)
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Color Pattern:
Unknown - Tell us

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral tabish On May 27, 2007, tabish from New Delhi
India wrote:

Shiroi is one of the most beautiful of all lilies. The flowers are pinkish white, flushed pink at the base. The buds are streaked with deep pink. The flowers are nodding. In India, this plant is very difficult to grow anywhere except it native habitat, the Shiroi hill in Manipur, India.

Neutral sladeofsky On Jul 28, 2006, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This distinctive lily was discovered by British botanist Frank Kingdon-Ward in 1946. It is the state flower of Manipur India where it grows in a high forest preserve on Shiroi (Shiru) Hill, thus its common name Shiroi Lily . Originally believed to be a nomocharis it was later classified as a lily and named after Ward's second wife Jean Macklin. In Manipur, the flower adorns the image of the beautiful goddess Philava. Fortunately for us the legend that the lily would grow only on Shiroi Hill proved false. In 1948 it was given a prestigious Award of Merit by the Royal Horticultural Flower Show in London. Today the Shiroi Lily is an endangered species due to the felling of its native forests and encroachment of human activity. There are from two to seven flowers per stem. The color of the flowers in the garden vary from a dull white to blue hued pink.


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

Seattle, Washington

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