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PlantFiles: Oriental Lily
Lilium 'Marco Polo'

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

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(b) Out-facing

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

6-9 in. (15-22 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

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

Color Pattern:


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

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)
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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mungomum On Aug 9, 2011, mungomum from invermere
Canada wrote:

it's a very beautiful plant. it is in its first year and is only about 12 inches high. i'm waiting to see how it does in my area (alpine, on the BC/Alberta border), and will post the results. it seems wonderfully healthy! i'm not sure if it will divide - it would be wonderful to have more than one.

Positive littlegray46 On Aug 1, 2010, littlegray46 from Point Roberts, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This has been a remarkable lily in my garden. For some unknown reason, what is normally a 4-5-foot lily has become an 8-foot lily in mine. It is hardy, blooms heavily, and is a carefree lily to have. I have consulted with a lily grower in my state, and he says that sometimes a lily will find just the right spot with just the right conditiions and will do this. The stalks are like small saplings and very strong; they rarely need staking.

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 25, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a stunning lily with a great fragrance. It's blooms are huge and very pretty.

Positive kooger On Aug 21, 2004, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

These lilies are now 5 ft. tall and are just finished blooming (Aug. 15, 2004) for the 5th year. The fragrance is overwhelming in a small room. Blooms last a long time.


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

Kenai, Alaska
Hampton, Illinois
Inwood, Iowa
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Southold, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Point Roberts, Washington

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