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PlantFiles: Asiatic Lily
Lilium 'Sunray'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunray
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sun Ray)
Hybridized by D.M.Stone & F.H.Payne; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1965

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

1 - Asiatic hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:
Unknown - Tell us

Color Pattern:


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mswestover On Oct 21, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Tall, about three feet, have to support the stems. Blooms in May/June zone 9a. No special treatment at all. I cut back the dead stems when they turn brown, forget about them, and they come back each year.

Positive zone3_newbie On Oct 2, 2003, zone3_newbie from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 3a) wrote:

Plant is 30" high at maturity. Flowers are large, a bright sunny yellow with reddish brown spots on the petals. Anthers are same color. Chipmunks will eat the shoots when they are just coming up and still tender (not woody yet).
Have read that asiatics are poisonous to cats.


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

Paris, Arkansas
Yulee, Florida
Royal Oak, Michigan
Saranac Lake, New York
Nashport, Ohio
Kalama, Washington

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