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PlantFiles: Asiatic Lily
Lilium 'Grand Cru'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Grand Cru
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gran Cru)
Hybridized by Vletter & denHaan; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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1 - Asiatic hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mountainman72 On Apr 11, 2011, mountainman72 from Broomfield, CO wrote:

Entering my second year from just 10 bulbs planted last year. So far this spring I have counted 17 stalks growing with more possibly on the way! Great multiplier, blooms last a little over a week, blooms two to four times but stays green and glossy after flowering. Not especially fragrant, but adds beautiful yellow color.

Positive sybiltwo On Mar 15, 2005, sybiltwo from Excelsior, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This has been a very vigerous multiplier for me in my zone 4 garden. I just love it's hot colors.

Positive KennethJoerg On Nov 14, 2004, KennethJoerg wrote:

In my mind one of the very best asiatic lilies available.

Contrary to many of the images uploaded for this lily, Grand Cru MUST have dark red markings at the base of the leaf with spots on the lower 25% of the petal. A solid color yellow lily is NOT grand cru.

It has upfacing bulbs and the buds are outstanding just before they open.

Neutral echoes On Sep 30, 2003, echoes from South of Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

'Gran Cru' (Grand Cru) is a yellow lily with dark rust-red brushmarks.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Kenai, Alaska
Broomfield, Colorado
Clifton, Colorado
Trenton, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Virden, Illinois
Storm Lake, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
South China, Maine
Winchester, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Excelsior, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Kearney, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Mercer, Pennsylvania
West Newton, Pennsylvania
Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Knoxville, Tennessee
Kalama, Washington
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Hartford, Wisconsin

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