Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Mona Lisa'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Mona Lisa
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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

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

Seed Collecting:

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 good for cutting

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:

Loganville, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Galva, Illinois

Moline, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Gardiner, Maine

South China, Maine

Stoneham, Massachusetts

Bay City, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Claremont, New Hampshire

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Whiting, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Springfield, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tomah, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 5, 2010, Caedi25 from Kirkland, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Received a "Mona" from my green-thumb mum several years ago, repotted it in a larger container after the first year's bloom and it has been expanding and reblooming ever since. Mona's pot lives on the deck near the door so that incredible scent can follow me into the house. Endearing and enduring!


On Jun 27, 2007, avieremy from Kenosha, WI wrote:

Do these plants bloom just once, if not how do you get blossoms to continue to grow?


On Nov 21, 2004, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of the absolute best lilies. It is short and therefore excellent for pot culture. It is extremely handsome and very reliable. Its flowers are huge for the plant size. The coloring is wonderful.