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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Star Gazer'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Star Gazer
Additional cultivar information: (aka Stargazer)
Hybridized by L. Woodriff; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1978

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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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

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30 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Aug 2, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have issues growing some Orientals in our heat here - The buds burn. However, this one did OK. I posted a picture. My blooms are not quite the beauties that others seem to be growing but I still enjoyed the blooms greatly. I do not know if my blooms are sub-standard because of the heat or the fact that the plant is young, so I will go ahead and give it another year to establish and see how it does. Even if this is all the bloom I ever get though, I still think it is worth growing.

Positive cinemike On Jul 29, 2014, cinemike from CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

Even though it is a bit kitsch, I love this liliy.

Positive GingerJane On May 29, 2013, GingerJane from Olympia, WA wrote:

I have 44 oriental lilies in my backyard. Most of them have reached 5 feet tall and are covered with buds. One of them is 5 foot 8 inches tall. I'm wondering what the record height is of these. I feel like Alice in Wonderland. I love them!!!

Positive Bazuhi On Jun 6, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

My original Stargazers were planted back in 2002 and I am down to one remaining lily in my garden.. The flowers are fragrant and huge compared to what they were when it was first planted. This plant doesnt need staking due to a lot of other plants surrounding it so it gets some good wind protection. I really like this lily so I have ordered 10 more bulbs to add to my garden this April of 2011.. I am pretty excited to see how these look with my Casa Blanca's and Tiger Woods.

Positive foreseen On Aug 26, 2010, foreseen from Hamtramck, MI wrote:

This lily is one of the most beautiful lilies, because of the color and size of the blooms. It really stands out in the garden. The plant seems to bloom dependably. The fragrance is not as strong or pleasant as some of the less colorful varieties, but it is still very fragrant.

Neutral lyclark On Jul 30, 2010, lyclark from Duluth, GA wrote:

I have had this plant about 10 years in GA (NE Atlanta). Have not had much success after the first 2 years. It comes up but frequently does not flower. Could use info about what possible causes.

Positive miandoli On Jan 2, 2010, miandoli from Jamaica Plain, MA wrote:

I love this plant! No other garden plant is more prolific or forgiving. When I moved into my house, there was no landscaping whatsoever and I had hardly any gardening experience. I planted two stargazers I bought at Home Depot and they have not disappointed me. They grow wonderfully in my heavy clay soil and have a strong heavenly fragrance. They truly come back bigger and better every year. At the end of the summer I find a few new "baby stargazers" that have popped up in the garden. It's a show stopper when they're all in bloom and you're sure to get comments from the neighbors. I'll never grow tired of them.

Neutral Marlina On Jul 28, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I love this plant it is very fragrant and is just gorgeous. I have about 5 of these plants I just wish they would spread....

Positive cooperph On May 30, 2009, cooperph from Wilsonville, OR wrote:

I have a couple of stands of these, that were planted in later summer last year at one foot tall. They never did flower, and all visible trace of them disappeared over the course of an unusually severe winter. However they returned with astonishing vigor in the Spring, despite getting no fertilizer or watering at any time so far this year. The stalks are now four feet tall and very thick. They will flower profusely, any time now I'm sure of it. The stalks are heavy with buds at the top.

I would note that our soil is heavy clay, which probably never dries out completely, especially since they are in a spot where the ground only gets a couple hours of direct sunlight a day. So don't despair if you don't have good drainage, you could still get good results as we have. It seems they just need a season or two to really get going.

Positive descartesmum On Aug 5, 2008, descartesmum from Stevenage, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom wrote:

I'm a new gardening and a friend in Washington state told me about her lilies so I thought that I would have a go. 2 days ago they bloomed and they are incredible. The scent as soon as I walk out my back door is wonderful.
Because I have arthritis and have problems bending mine are in a pot and doing so well.
I'm in the Home Counties of England.

Positive LearningNewbie On Jul 18, 2008, LearningNewbie from Valencia, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have only owned the stargazer in a vase. The scent is delightful and so I am going to try to plant them. Is it too early/late to plant right now? I have been researching ground cover that I could combine with them and have not had a lot of luck. Has anyone tried combining ground cover with the stargazer?

Neutral beansandpenney On Jul 13, 2008, beansandpenney from Orchard Park, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted about 6 bulbs this spring. They all sprouted, grew buds, then they started turning yellow/reddish brown at the base until it slowly crept all the way up and my Stargazers DIED a horrible death. I don't know what happened. The asiatic lilies in the same garden are fine, just the Orientals konked out. My mother thinks they got too much water (heavy rainfall this year). I think this nuisance plant I am trying to get rid of, Chameleon Plant, got too crazy and killed them. Who knows. If anyone has seen this happen to their orientals, let me know!

Positive mbhoakct76 On Mar 21, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

who doesn't love a stargazer? thats probley why its one of the most poular lillies. Easy to grow , super hardy and beautiful! I have them planted everywhere from full sun to mostly shade. The bulbs even lasted through several winters and springs while being planted in the soggy (almost wet-lands) part of my yard (just plant a little deeper).
The mona lisa is similar and worth checking out also.

Positive austininohio On Oct 25, 2007, austininohio from Maumee, OH wrote:

Northwest Ohio-
Not much more I can say that everyone else hasn't already covered. One of the few plants that the original homeowner had grown here that I left in place. I will be digging up the bulbs soon to divide them into a few places around the yard. I have cut all the spent flowers away but my stalks are still 5 foot tall and green as can be! I watered these guys a couple times a week and had to stake them, they grew up to 6 foot tall with about 4 hours of sunlight in the afternoon. I will try them in both shady and sunny locations next spring. A very user friendly flower with wonderful rewards and usually after all the other lilys have already come and gone!

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I love it! Beautiful and sweet smelling! Have had them as plants in the ground and as cut flowers from the store, they are all wonderful!

The animals love them too, because it seems that after a season or two, the plants no longer come up from having the bulbs eaten. Still, it won't stop me from growing more years from now.

Neutral grovespirit On Nov 8, 2006, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is a pain to grow in the tropics. I think it needs to be chilled for a time in order to flower. This is based on the fact that I grew two, one which chilled in the fridge (veggie bin) for a month and the other one which I didn't chill.

Both plants were given the same soil (1/3 coir, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost) and grown in the same semi-shaded spot in the same type and size of container. I also put 2 Tbsp bone meal at the base of each bulb when planting.

The unchilled lily never flowered. It grew to be more or less the same size as the chilled one, but no blooms.

Since I'd rather not have to keep flower bulbs in my fridge, I don't recommend this one for Hawaii. It did just fine for me in Northern California though, since they have a winter (avg low 40F).

Positive laura10801 On Sep 17, 2006, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I am stunned every year by the size of this lily (3-5 feet) and the number of blooms on each stalk (as many as 8, maybe more). I am in zone 6. Some stems get about 4 hours of direct sun, others get less, I do nothing special to them, but they keep coming back with huge, fragrant flowers that last and last. I wish I could remember where I got the bulbs, maybe the supermarket, maybe Home Depot, what a payoff on a tiny investment of time and money!

Positive soulbloom On Aug 18, 2006, soulbloom from Richmond, VA wrote:

Currently my favorite Lily. This spring I bough a pack of 25 Asiatic Lilies from Walmart and planted them all in the same bed. These were the last to bloom out of the bunch, they lasted quite awhile longer, AND they had the most pleasant fragrance. I made it a priority to find more Stargazer's to plant for next spring.

Positive Sherlock221 On Aug 4, 2006, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

I have many lilies, but this is one of my favorites. It's large, showy and fragrant with gorgeous coloring. It grows well even in areas with more shade. A real garden standout! So perfect they almost don't look real. They also make a great cut flower (many florists use them) -- I've had them last a week in water. However, as one person said, they can make a mess with their orange pollen -- it can stain material. I suggest putting something under the vase to catch the pollen. I've had mine for about 5 or 6 years and this is the first year the deer bothered them. I had very good luck with a product called Liquid Fence which is a natural repellent made from egg and other ingredients to keep deer and rabbits away. It has a horrible stench at first, but when it dries, humans can't smell it.

Positive cybsister On Jul 31, 2006, cybsister from San Ramon, CA wrote:

I can't leave them outside...I must cut them and bring them in so I can delight in the aroma, everytime I walk into the room. Just be careful...the orange pollen stains clothing and skin.

Positive RipKo97 On May 9, 2006, RipKo97 from Toluca, IL wrote:

I bought my first Stargazer Lily 5 years ago and two more 4 years ago.

The flowers are beautiful and the fragrance lingers through the yard and into the house when the windows are open. The stalks are tall (4' - 5'), and extremely thick and sturdy.

The plants spread nicely. Each year there are more blooms on the stalks than the previous year. Last year the oldest plant had over 100 blooms on 1 stalk and it didn't need staking.

The lilies are in partial sun and each spring I give them a dose of rose fertilizer.

Positive Photographer On Jul 19, 2005, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is the ONLY Asiatic Lily in our garden so far. My 16 yr old soon says the flowers from this lily are really something ...... his favorite flower variety in our entire garden. Now that's a compliment indeed. Usually all he talks about are his friends or cars. You get the idea. I bought 3 individual qt pots last spring for $3 each when they were blooming and and on "close-out" at a local Drug Store. This year we have 9 lilies blooming. We also have about 40 of them altogether but the 30 or so were too small to have flowers. I can hardly wait till next year. We'll probably have close to 100 plants. Can you imagine the rate of reproduction......almost like Tribles from Startrek.

Positive callie2 On Jul 16, 2005, callie2 from Piedmont, SC wrote:

I "inherited" this plant from a moving neighbor . I thought I was only getting a pot that was half full of dirt but to my surprise the following spring , this beautiful plant comes up ! Imagine my delight when I had those big , beautiful blooms that same year . This year it's in a garden bed and has more than doubled in size . It's very easy to grow here and smells wonderful .

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of the most lovely flowers in my garden. It's fragrance can be noted from across the yard and it's blooms are so big you can't miss them. It's a great companion to roses and does well in my zone 5 garden.

Positive CaptMicha On May 3, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the best lilies out there. Long lasting flowers, large flowered and colorful, fragrant and butterflies and hummers LOVE it!

It's very hardy and extremely easy to grow. Makes enough new plants to share with your friends fairly often.

Positive kdjoergensen On Nov 20, 2004, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Extremely fragrant and nice coloring. The individual flowers are large, and long lasting. Probably the best known oriental lily available.
Note that every picture uploaded of this flower tend to be different. This is not because of variability in the flowers, but because any red lily with spots tend to be sold as "stargazer". Not many lilies are true stargazers.

Positive KennethJoerg On Nov 14, 2004, KennethJoerg wrote:

One of the most common oriental lilies, but at the same time, one of the best oriental lilies in my opinon. It is extremely fragrant and it is very easy to propagate from scales. Normally, oriental lilies can be difficult to propagate, but Stargazer is one of the easier.

Upfacing flowers provide a nice contrast to most other oriental lilies, and the bloom time is early.

Positive SnowBird56 On Sep 15, 2004, SnowBird56 from Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought the Stargazer over 5 years ago and my dog tore up the plant just as it was growing but it keeps coming back every year and now I have several from the original plant that I have moved to other areas of my garden but I did not know what the name of it was, so now I know what it is.


Positive orientallily On Oct 15, 2003, orientallily from Brentwood, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Oriental Lilies are a wonderful addition to every garden. These plants grow better in full sun in New York and are a must have for every gardener!

Positive berrygirl On Aug 30, 2003, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cant add anything to the wonderful descriptions but all I wanted to say is grow it if only for the FRAGRANCE!!! This is truly one of a kind lily beauty and aroma!!!!

Positive SueSomit On Aug 17, 2003, SueSomit from Albany, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been growing the Star Gazers and many other Oriental and Asiatic lilies for over five years--mainly successfully. The lilies are mostly in full sun. I have a Green-Touch 3-way plant meter that tells me my soil is very alkaline. I don't know how accurate this meter is. Each fall I add a few inches of 49-er Pay Dirt as a topdressing.

Positive suncatcheracres On Jul 28, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I've been trying to grow the Stargazer lily for about five years, but the deer just love this plant, and I could never keep an open flower for more than a day when I lived up in Georgia. Now I have a fenced six acre place in Northcentral Florida, with dogs running the property, and had my first Star gazer lily open this morning, 7-28-03. It's just beautiful and quite dark red, as it is in filtered sun all day. I love the way the sun shines through it, and the back is almost as red as the front. Now if I can just keep the big grasshoppers off of it! And the fragrance is quite noticable but sweet--I don't find it overpowering.

Positive donl On Jul 26, 2003, donl wrote:

Star Gazer lillies have performed wonderfully in a shaded location under tall trees and still bloom perfectly. There is a low enough light level that most perenials and even impatiens tend to be thin and leggy but Star Gazer is still normal proportion and blooms heavily. The flowers from the clumps of plants stand out like fire in the shade and are very long lasting without a lot of hot sun on the petals. They have done better than my other varieties in low light.

Positive beckykay On May 16, 2003, beckykay from Godfrey, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have been growing Oriental Star gazers for several years. I have them in 4 areas of the back yard, they are very fragrant. I bought several White Stargazers 2 years ago and they also are very fragrant...I like to grow at least 3 to 5 plants of the same kind to make a good showing.

Neutral Baa On Aug 28, 2002, Baa wrote:

A vigorous oriental Lily hybrid.

Has alternate, lance shaped leaves. Bears red, unscented flowers whose petals are recurved at the ends and spotted in darker red.

Excellent container Lily and responds well to forcing. Grow in moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or light shade. Will tolerate slightly alkaline soils.


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

, (3 reports)
Daphne, Alabama
Gaylesville, Alabama
Houston, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Kenai, Alaska
Malvern, Arkansas
Albany, California
Beaumont, California
Canoga Park, California
Chino, California
Hayward, California
Hoopa, California
Livermore, California
Los Angeles, California
Merced, California
Middletown, California
Mountain View, California
Oak View, California
Redding, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
San Ramon, California
Santa Rosa, California
Seaside, California
Valencia, California
Venice, California
Denver, Colorado (2 reports)
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Winsted, Connecticut
Seaford, Delaware
Brandon, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Old Town, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Albany, Georgia (2 reports)
Atlanta, Georgia
Braselton, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Duluth, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Divernon, Illinois
Downers Grove, Illinois
Galva, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Moline, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Mt Zion, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Pecatonica, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Thomasboro, Illinois
Toluca, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
New Carlisle, Indiana
Nevada, Iowa
Nichols, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Lancaster, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Elm Grove, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Skowhegan, Maine
South China, Maine (2 reports)
Annapolis, Maryland
Brookeville, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Lonaconing, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Belchertown, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Algonac, Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
Bellaire, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Livonia, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)
Southfield, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Bemidji, Minnesota
Lake Park, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 reports)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Young America, Minnesota
Conway, Missouri
Maryland Heights, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Sidney, Montana
Lincoln, Nebraska
, New Brunswick
Amherst, New Hampshire
Auburn, New Hampshire
Munsonville, New Hampshire
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Brooklyn, New York
College Point, New York
Ithaca, New York
Jefferson, New York
Port Washington, New York
South Richmond Hill, New York
Southold, New York
Benson, North Carolina
Burgaw, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports)
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Oxford, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Winston Salem, North Carolina (2 reports)
Grace City, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Maumee, Ohio
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Wheelersburg, Ohio
Claremore, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Wilsonville, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Butler, Pennsylvania
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Beaufort, South Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Piedmont, South Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Cookeville, Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Marquez, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Splendora, Texas
Roosevelt, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Alexandria, Virginia
Jonesville, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Anacortes, Washington
Bremerton, Washington
Chimacum, Washington
Everett, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Kirkland, Washington (2 reports)
Lakewood, Washington
Langley, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington (2 reports)
Vancouver, Washington
Liberty, West Virginia
Butte Des Morts, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Whitehall, Wisconsin

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