Oriental Lily '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
Registered or introduced: 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

, (3 reports)

Daphne, Alabama

Gaylesville, Alabama

Houston, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Vincent, 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

Constantine, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Livonia, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Midland, 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 (2 reports)

Butler, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 20, 2015, kmm44 from Dayton, OH wrote:

I love my Star Gazer lily! I bought it at a garden tour after my first garden club meeting. There had been a plant sale the weekend before and our tour guide told us we could browse the leftovers. It bloomed well the next year ('10) and ever since.. BUT a few weeks ago I accidently stepped on the first shoots coming up, which broke them off, and it didn't send up any more shoots. So sad! I'm sure the bulb is fine and will try again next spring, but so sad to miss this year.


On May 18, 2015, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

After many years of growing Star Gazer, it has not multiplied. Other Lilies I grow have spread underground quite well, but not this one. When the fragrance wafts across my nose, it is sickeningly sweet and not well tolerated, but that may be a personal preference. I am glad I have it placed far from the patio and far from open windows.


On May 18, 2015, mensamom from Laurens, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love this lily! My favorite flower for sure. I have over a dozen planted in my front yard and they come back year after year without much care. When they are in bloom, the aroma is mesmerizing. Just wish they would bloom forever!


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.


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

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


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!!!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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....


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 ... read more


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.


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?


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!


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.


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!


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.


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... read more


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!


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.


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 ... read more


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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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!


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!!!!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.