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PlantFiles: Asiatic Lily
Lilium 'Blackout'

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

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1 - Asiatic hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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)
By dividing the bulb's scales

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Carolinaflower8 On Apr 6, 2014, Carolinaflower8 from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my favorite Asiatic lily. It is beautiful! I have had no issues with it in full sun. We had an exceptionally difficult winter, but I see evidence that all of mine have survived (with heavy leaf mulch covering)...and possibly new baby lilies, too.

Neutral Clary On Feb 25, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I found this lily do be very stark on its own. The coloring is rather unnatural in my perennial garden. However, they contribute to an "island" of red flowers I've established, so they can stay :)

Positive Qortni On Oct 5, 2009, Qortni from Binghamton, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted these bulbs in partial sun/shade in early spring, not sure if I'd get blooms the same year. Every single bulb grew AND flowered like crazy! I was impressed by the deep color and almost leathery look of the petals. They're especially beautiful with rain and/or dew on them. I'd recommend these to anyone who wants a dark, bold flower in their garden. Oh, and did I mention fragrance? They smell great, too!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 11, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Blackout - dark red with an even darker center; terrific when combined in a 'Patriotic Garden' or with lighter colors, which will make this lily 'pop'!

Wide and narrow funnel-shaped, six petaled flowers bloom on long straight stems which decorate the early summer garden like no other plant. Planted in the same bed as daffodils and tulips, they extend the spring blooming season into summer. These long lived perennials are terrific garden plants as well as cut flowers. They thrive in full sun as well as in partial shade and in well-drained soil. An excellent perennial bargain. 16-20 cm bulbs; 2-3 per sq. ft.; zones 3-10.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Santa Monica, California
Trenton, Florida
Dixon, Illinois
Winchester, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Onekama, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Trenton, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Kalama, Washington
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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