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PlantFiles: Asiatic Lily
Lilium 'Karen North'

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

1 - Asiatic hybrids

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)

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

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

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mgrizzley On Jul 17, 2011, mgrizzley from EAST EARL, PA wrote:

I have just moved into our house and we have Karen North lilies growing in the back of the house. I would like to transplant them to the side of our house so everyone can see them. They are now blooming abundantly, how do I transplant them?

Neutral cheerpeople On Jun 21, 2010, cheerpeople from northwest, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

The first one died and was replaced. The replacement didn't sprout for 2 yrs. It is blooming now. I thought it had also died. Maybe this one should be called resurrection lily! Same size and shape as 'Eurydice' just a different color. It is blooming at the same time as all my other orange asiatic lily varieties.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pembina, North Dakota
East Earl, Pennsylvania

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