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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Tom Pouce'

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

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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(b) Out-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Pale Pink
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


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

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

Patent Information:
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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

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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive upnorth2 On Nov 4, 2013, upnorth2 from Davenport, WA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Absolutely stunning display but the most notable characteristic of this Lily for me is the fact that, if brought inside, it fills the entire house with the same aroma as an orchid in Hawaii. We lived there 11 years, and I used orchids to give a tropical fragrance to my home; this lily has the exact same frangrance and is MUCH easier to grow.

I planted two outside and planned to surround the house with them through propogation, so no matter which way the wind traveled, our home would be filled with that fragrance.....unfortunately the voles loved them. I will need to get more once I have vole-screened garden beds to protect them in. They winter over just fine here in NE Washington.

Positive Moonglow On Jul 14, 2005, Moonglow from Corte Madera, CA wrote:

This cultivar is doing VERY WELL in my zone! Spectacular large (10" across), fragrant blooms. I had no idea they grow this big. Not complaining though. What a beauty.

I plan to plant more next season. I can hardly wait!

Positive Gindee77 On May 17, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this lily. It's got big, fragrant blooms and they last a long time in the garden or in a vase.

Positive Hellobebe On Feb 16, 2005, Hellobebe from Buffalo, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Tom Pouce performs very well for me here in zone 6. This beauty always draws compliments with a mid to late summer display. The blooms lend an elegant feel to my garden, and the texture and color of the flowers is so unique.

Negative Songbird839 On Aug 24, 2004, Songbird839 from Medicine Hat, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I grew 5 of these this year in Southern Alberta. I disliked their huge floppy stamens that break open before the blossom is barely open. I found the flower substance to be weak and floppy and the color inconsistent. Other varieties did much better in my garden.

Positive jsteele215 On Aug 9, 2004, jsteele215 from Madison, WI wrote:

This is a spectacular and fragrant late-blooming lily. We have about 10 lily varieties planted, and it is already my wife's favorite.


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

Kenai, Alaska
Capitola, California
Corte Madera, California
Mountain View, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Lula, Georgia
Des Plaines, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Inwood, Iowa
Waverly, Iowa
South China, Maine
Lowell, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Bellaire, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Maryville, Missouri
Buffalo, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Glouster, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Davenport, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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