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Lilium pyrenaicum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: pyrenaicum (py-ren-AY-kum) (Info)

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9 - Species

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
Smaller than than 3" (75 mm)

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive baiissatva On Sep 1, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ
Though not enormously showy at first glance like an orienpet, this species lily is well worth growing if you can get hold of a bulb.
The petite flowers are thick and waxy and brilliantly yellow with shiny black ticking while the pollen is so orange it looks artificial! They seem almost alien and every time you walk past you see some new, weird detail.
The scent is dark and sinister, and while some people find it disturbing, I think it's delicious. People's reaction to them is always fascinating; some are appalled by some element of their smell or appearance, while others fall in love at first sight.
I have them planted amongst rocks with a shaded root run, which is apparently the key to keeping them happy. They don't like to be roasted.
Difficult to find but endlessly rewarding, perhaps not for the faint hearted!

Neutral saya On Aug 10, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Origine from Pyrenees Mountains (France/Spain) and already described around 1600. In Scotland and North UK it appears sometimes locally in the wild. The stem (40 to 120 cm) is dense packed with little narrow leaves. The stem carries clusters of 6 to 10 nodding flowers, each 2 to 4 cm across, soft yellow with dark purple stripes and spots. It likes a nutritious moist but well drained soil in partial shade. Flowering: May -June.

Sow at Max. 5C (41F), germination irregular, often several months (source Tom Clothier).


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

Portland, Oregon

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