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Rubrum Lily, Red Japanese Show Lily

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: speciosum var. rubrum
Additional cultivar information:(aka Rubrum)
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9 - Species

Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

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

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Stamford, Connecticut

Gainesville, Florida

Macy, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Sadieville, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Springfield, Massachusetts

Mason, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Auburn, New Hampshire

Hudson, New Hampshire

Southold, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Chesapeake, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 4, 2009, canipity from Parkesburg, PA wrote:

I had the same experience as mentioned above. I had planted several of these bulbs and most of them came up as this species. A few flowers turned out to be larger and less recurved. I think they may be the "Uchida" cultivar of this species. They are however just as beautiful.


On Sep 29, 2007, lyndzi from Liverpool, NY wrote:

my fiance just recently bought this lily for me and i absoloutly love it, its so beautiful. I did however hear that this flower is under the Poisonous plant catagory......this is just what i have been told i don't know if its true, i really hope it isnt.


On Feb 6, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown this beautiful lily for at least 10-12 years. It is a magnificent plant with large 7-8" outward/downward facing blooms. It is the last of the lilies to bloom here beginning around the end of July into August. I have measured stalks as high as 7', and with clusters of 10-15 flowers per stem. Very nice fragrance, and the flowers attract a lot of butterflies.

On Aug 16, 2006, TBGDN from Macy, IN (Zone 5b) added:

I have been growing for ten years what I 'thought' was this lily. This past winter I ordered an 'extra' bulb for the sake of comparison, and planted it beside the cluster that I had 'thought' this was. Was I ever surprised when I saw the marked difference between the two flowers! Whatever I was growing as Rubrum speciosum, although beautif... read more


On Oct 31, 2004, debi_z from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

my rubrum planted in late spring 2003, blossomed in september. in 2004, the 2nd year, it surprised me by sending up a second stalk and producing another set of beautiful blossoms, blooming in september as well. i can't wait to see what 2005 has in store for me.
this is the last lilium to blossom in my gardens.
i adore the small, recurved, pink, white and red down-facing, "smelly" & "heady" blossoms.


On Sep 5, 2004, gardenhoe from Chesapeake, VA wrote:

This plant has done very well for me in my area zone 7b,,,Mike


On Aug 28, 2002, Baa wrote:

A variety of a species lily from China, Japan and Taiwan.

Has broad, lance shaped, mid to deep green leaves with short stalks, borne on brownish stems. Bears large, turkscap, white flowers flushed heavily with deep reddish pink and darker spots.

Flowers July - September

Loves moist but well drained, acid soil in light shade and is best grown as cool a spot as possible.