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Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Starfighter'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Starfighter
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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:

(a) Up-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:



Bloom Size:

3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

Color Pattern:







Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Gaylesville, Alabama

Miami, Florida

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Durham, Maine

South China, Maine

Springfield, Massachusetts

Sparta, Michigan

Claremont, New Hampshire

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Glouster, Ohio

Haviland, Ohio

Maumee, Ohio

Woodward, Oklahoma

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 8, 2010, Charmed1j from Sparta, MI wrote:

I found this beauty hiding behind my dog's run, mostly hidden by the huge fennel plants. I hadn't noticed it last year. It's about 5.5 feet tall and easily supported by the fence.

I live in Zone 5, in the western half of Michigan.


On Oct 13, 2005, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I had this planted in mostly shade and it was stunning! Very fragrant, and the moths loved eating the nectar at night. Huge blooms, and several on each stem. Mine was about 24-30" tall, and did not need to be staked. Even though it was not protected from wind, the stems were strong and it stayed upright.


On Nov 24, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant grows fairly tall - reaching a height of up to 40". It looks a lot like Stargazer, but the white margins are thinner and the color appears to be a bit more red. Flowers appear in July and bloom into August. Because it is a taller variety, it might need to be staked.