Oriental Lily 'Arena'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Arena
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7 - Oriental hybrids

Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:




Bloom Size:

6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:






Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Capitola, California

San Jose, California

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Coatesville, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Bay City, Michigan

Excelsior, Minnesota

Raleigh, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Oregon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 7, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Arena is a versatile lily. The blush stripe looks great with reds and also with pinks. I use this as my "accent" lily, scattered among other groupings of lilies and perennials. Great fragrance like any other oriental lily and strong growth.


On Feb 11, 2006, RobD_SC from Columbia, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

'Arena' is a gorgeous cultivar. The blooms have a sweet fragrance. Like most lilies, they are incredibly easy to grow, and also easy to propagate from bulb scales. I started with 5 bulbs that I bought at Lowes last year, and now have close to twenty viable bulb scales rooted in individual containers. I look forward to having a mass of Arenas in 2-3 years when the new bulbs have matured.


On Nov 14, 2004, KennethJoerg wrote:

This is a very handsome lily. It has a greenish yellow throat. It has deep red spots on a mainly white flower petal. Midveins are raised and yellow/green. The petal has dark red brush strokes. The nectaries are dark purple and the pollen orange. Very handsome. One of my absolute favorites. Unfortunately, a lot of "Arena" sold today are misidentified by the growers.