Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Oriental-Trumpet Lily
Lilium 'Black Beauty'

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

» View all varieties of Lilies

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

33 members have or want this plant for trade.

View this plant in a garden

7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Shirley1md
Thumbnail #1 of Lilium  by Shirley1md

By Shirley1md
Thumbnail #2 of Lilium  by Shirley1md

By cceamore
Thumbnail #3 of Lilium  by cceamore

By tcfromky
Thumbnail #4 of Lilium  by tcfromky

By tcfromky
Thumbnail #5 of Lilium  by tcfromky

By keyi
Thumbnail #6 of Lilium  by keyi

By keyi
Thumbnail #7 of Lilium  by keyi

There are a total of 36 photos.
Click here to view them all!


11 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosemaryK On Jul 10, 2013, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a site for the Maine extension service. Their article lists Black Beauty as one of three that are relatively resistant to the Red Lily Beetle. I've wanted one anyway

Neutral delil72 On Aug 1, 2010, delil72 from Monmouth Beach, NJ wrote:

This plant is pretty but very dissapointing in the fragrance department (I'm all about fragrance with my lilies...) ... It is quite short in its first couple of years but takes on a much more stately, elegant shape as it matures. No scent whatsoever (though many sources state it is fragrant) ... I prefer my highly scented and similar colored stargazers ...

Positive MAF On Nov 10, 2009, MAF from Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

'Black Beauty' is a classic lily than everyone should grow. There are a couple of comments I'd like to make though regarding its description and cultivation. It should not be listed as fragrant. If you have an incredibly sensitive nose, you may detect the barest hint of fragrance after nightfall but most people detect nothing. Nor is the color what people tend to think of as fuchsia. Its a deep wine-red with a thin border of white outling the petals and a prominent green nectary. It can easily grow to over 7' tall when provided with optimal cultivation. The bulbs of this lily also divide into multiple "noses" quite quickly and are best lifted, pulled apart and spread out every 3 to 4 years. This is defintely a maintenance issue so be forwarned. However, if you don't care to lift them as often as that, a congested clump of bulbs will produce many, shorter stems with fewer flowers per stem but will make an almost shrub-like impression in the lanscape and will still be very showy. If you want the 7' tall stems with 30-40 buds per stem though, you'll need to divide them often. Also, be aware that the new shoots coming up in the spring (way too early!) are tolerant of only the lightest frost and need protection from hard frost/freezes. One of the best characteristics of this lily is that it needs no staking. Most of the bulbs in commerce are tetraploid and have "beefier" stems as a result. As with all lilies though, they will lean away from anything that casts shadows so try to plant them in an open, exposed area with as much sun as possible.

Positive bluespiral On Oct 24, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is just a note about saving seed from Black Beauty. Fortunately for me, one of the folks (esw) with whom I shared the sterile (unbeknownst to me) seed of this lily was knowledgeable about lilies. She looked up Black Beauty in her McCrae lily book which said that Black Beauty, although sterile in diploid form, has been used to create some gorgeous hybrids when "induced to tetraploidy".

I seem to recall reading that doubling the chromosomes of diploid seed by treating with an extract of colchicine changes them to tetraploid seeds.

To find out more about this process, the DG Lily Forum and the North American Lily Society would be good sources.

Maxine shared with me that one good way to ascertain whether a lily seed is viable or sterile is to hold it up against a bright light. If there's a speck inside, chances are good it's viable. Otherwise, it's just a husk.

Edited to add that I have just been informed that most Black Beauty lilies sold these days are tetraploid, so happy pollinating, everyone. (Thank you mnorberry)

ps - I have horrible woodchuck problems - we trap and relocate them with a Havahart cage, but Woody has his own time schedule and usually takes a few bites of this and that before finally waltzing into Ol' Havahart. But he leaves Black Beauty alone - maybe because it comes up through smelly Ol' Nepeta siberica 'Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron' (spelling?)? Lemon southern (Artemisia abrotanum is another smelly herb with which to mask bulbs susceptible to critters...and lavender...etc.

Positive kooger On Oct 26, 2006, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very pretty lily. It's doing well in z4. Planted in full sun.

Positive TBGDN On Aug 17, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is another of my 2006 garden additions having arrived here on May 6, 2006 and planted the same day. I ordered two bulbs (one for back-up) and planted them about 12" apart. Both grew well beyond my expectations to approximately 40"; and both bloomed beautifully with at least 6-8 buds per stem! That is remarkable in itself. The stems were strong enough, I did not need to stake them even though they were a little top-heavy. This was one of those 'investments' in gardening that paid big dividends: Simply gorgeous!

Positive keyi On Jun 25, 2006, keyi from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very hardy bulb in my garden, producing tall, strong stems with lots of beautiful, downward facing flowers. One bulb gets morning sun and the flowers have larger green throats than the bulb that gets all day sun. The all day sun bulb flowers are slightly larger though.

Positive samting On Jan 4, 2006, samting from Pekin, ND wrote:

I garden in Z 3B--Black Beauty blooms beautifully and multiplies quickly in this tough climate. I plant deeply (8 inches) and amend the soil with peat moss and coarse sand to insure good drainage.

Positive tyshee On Oct 17, 2005, tyshee from Kenai, AK wrote:

Did very well for a year old plant. Created two bloom stalks with the smaller stock producing the best flowers. Grown with mulch, under the eaves of south side of home, staked, mulched and amended soil with frequent watering to prevent drying. In very rapid well draining soil.

Positive TomH3787 On Aug 9, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

A hybrid of Lilium speciosum rubrum X L. henryi (Orienpet type, ca. 1957 from Leslie Woodriff). Great flowers in July, comes back bigger and better every year.

Positive Shirley1md On Jul 23, 2005, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A vigorous and beautiful heirloom Lily to have in one's garden!

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Black Beauty' can reach 7 feet when happy--mine only run to 5 feet. This lily is very vigorous, fragrant, and should be considered by any fan of Oriental Lilies. Deep burgundy-red flowers.


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

Kenai, Alaska
Arcata, California
La Jolla, California
San Jose, California
Grand Junction, Colorado
Tallahassee, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Des Plaines, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Mackinaw, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Inwood, Iowa
Durham, Maine
South China, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland (2 reports)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Florence, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Sparks, Nevada
Denville, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Pittsford, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Pekin, North Dakota
Yukon, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Hixson, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Chimacum, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Buffalo, West Virginia

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America