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PlantFiles: Henry's Lily
Lilium henryi

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: henryi (HEN-ree-eye) (Info)

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Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early 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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cibarius On Nov 12, 2009, Cibarius from (Doug) Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

I visited a lily hybridizer in rural Minnesota, near Rochester, and convinced him to sell me some bulbs. I took them home to Tennessee and planted them in a beautifully prepared bed with good drainage and wire baskets. In not more than two years they were all dead and gone, rotted in the hardware cloth meant to protect them from moles and voles. It was the climate that killed them.

A few years later I planted a Lilium henryi bulb in my patio border. It bloomed quite nicely. The blossom was so attractive that I took the bulb up and planted it in a container so I could move it to a good location for photography when it bloomed again. Bloom it did, year after year, in that shallow container. I finally realized that L. henryi is quite hardy in my hot, southern climate. Drainage is certainly important, but the heat won't kill it. It is the only lily I know of that has that remarkable quality.

Positive tyshee On Oct 17, 2005, tyshee from Kenai, AK wrote:

My advice to Alaskan growers would be raised, well drained amended beds, some protection and fall mulching.

Positive esw On Aug 28, 2005, esw from Haydenville, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Smallish blooms, wild papillae altogether quite nice. I think it will get better as it grows in stature.

Neutral Baa On Aug 4, 2002, Baa wrote:

A clump forming lily from China

Has lance shaped, mid-green leaves on purple marked stems, the lower leaves often have a short stalk and the upper leaves become more wedge shaped and borne closer together. Bears orange spotted with dark red/black flowers with typical turks cap lily reflexed petals. It can bear as many as 20 flowers per stem but that's an unusual occurance. The stems bow under the weight of the flowers arching the plant. It's also said to be slightly scented but I've never noticed it.

Flowers August-September

Loves a moderately fertile, well drained, neutral-alkaline soil in light shade. It makes a good woodland lily.

This lily is stem rooting so plant the bulbs at least 3 times the bulb's height.


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

Kenai, Alaska
Clifton, Colorado
Tallahassee, Florida
Chadwick, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Bronx, New York
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Altoona, Wisconsin

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