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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Aruba'

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

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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(b) Out-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)
6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the bulb's scales

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive debi_z On Aug 11, 2004, debi_z from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

strong grower, needs no staking in my full sun garden. the blooms are huge and the scent the normal powerful oriental way. the texture of this lilium is very bumpy and adds a lot of charm and character.
in there 4th season, in my 2004 garden, i have 4 babies that produced there first bud from the aruba's. so i'd have to say a hearty reproducer, in the right conditions (of course).
they seem to like it around my arbor vitae shrub, with a wood chip mulch. they also are almost as tall as my neighbors 7 ft. high fence.
i highly recommend this strong grower for the back of a border.
i even have one in mostly shade on the north side of my garage and it gets only about 4 ft tall but has also produced 2 blooming babies in the 4th year. needs support.

Positive carolann On Jul 9, 2002, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Exceptionally sturdy - large, fragrant blooms atop well branched stems - a real winner!


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

Rockford, Illinois
Springfield, Massachusetts

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