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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Lovely Girl'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Lovely Girl

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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(a) Up-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Aug 5, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is my favorite oriental lily.

Unlike some other lilies, I find that "lovely girl" has a very natural appearance and makes a statement in the garden while still complimenting the other plants. I have a mass planting of them and they make all the perennials around them look more elegant. The flowers are large but not unnaturally huge so they blend in well and hold themselves upright without a fuss.

The excellent contrast and texture of the flower is captivating with the dark freckles and true yellow center. The buds are also beautiful as they mature through shades of chartreuse and create a long-lasting island of cool through the hot summer garden.

The fragrance is strong and fine, comparable to most other oriental lilies.


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

South China, Maine
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
Bemidji, Minnesota
Hillsdale, New York
Southold, New York
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania

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