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
Hardiness: 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: Red
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Flower Shape: Recurved
Bloom Size: 6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)
Color Pattern: Spotted
Foliage: Herbaceous Smooth-Textured
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: Non-patented
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
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 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 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.
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:
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!
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).
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 smell it.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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:
, (2 reports) Daphne, Alabama Gaylesville, Alabama Houston, Alabama Mackenzie, Alabama Anchorage, Alaska Juneau, Alaska Kenai, Alaska Magnet Cove, Arkansas , California Albany, California Beaumont, 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 Sand City, California Santa Rosa, 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 Panama City Beach, Florida Pine Hills, Florida Trenton, Florida Albany, Georgia (2 reports) Berkeley Lake, Georgia Braselton, Georgia Canton, Georgia Dunwoody, 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 Mount 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 Cornville, Maine Durham, Maine South China, Maine (2 reports) Brookeville, Maryland Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Highland Beach, Maryland Lonaconing, Maryland Pikesville, Maryland Amesbury, Massachusetts Belchertown, Massachusetts Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Reading, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Algonac, Michigan Bay City, Michigan Bellaire, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Lathrup Village, Michigan Livonia, Michigan Ludington, Michigan Owosso, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports) Albertville, Minnesota Bemidji, Minnesota Blaine, Minnesota Bloomington, Minnesota Fridley, Minnesota Gem Lake, Minnesota Lake Park, Minnesota Young America, Minnesota Conway, Missouri Glendale, Missouri Maryland Heights, Missouri Sidney, Montana Lincoln, Nebraska , New Brunswick Amherst, New Hampshire Auburn, New Hampshire Nelson, New Hampshire South Plainfield, New Jersey White Horse, New Jersey Los Alamos, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Baxter Estates, New York Brooklyn, New York Cayuga Heights, New York College Point, New York Jefferson, 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 Glouster, Ohio Huber Heights, Ohio Maumee, Ohio New Miami, 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 Churchill, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Greensburg, Pennsylvania Mckeesport, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Morrisville, Pennsylvania Port Matilda, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania Weyburn, Saskatchewan Ladys Island, South Carolina Murrells Inlet, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Parris Island, South Carolina Piedmont, South Carolina Prosperity, South Carolina Aberdeen, South Dakota Algood, Tennessee Hendersonville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee , Texas Brazoria, Texas Cut And Shoot, Texas Dallas, Texas Deer Park, Texas Desoto, Texas Marquez, Texas Patton Village, Texas Port Arthur, Texas Roosevelt, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Aquia Harbour, Virginia Groveton, Virginia Jonesville, Virginia Lake Monticello, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Anacortes, Washington Bremerton, Washington Chimacum, Washington Everett, Washington Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington (2 reports) Kalama, Washington Lakewood, Washington Langley, Washington Millwood, Washington Seattle, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington Liberty, West Virginia Butte Des Morts, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin South Milwaukee, Wisconsin Whitehall, Wisconsin