Species Lilium, Regal Lily

Lilium regale

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: regale (re-GAY-lee) (Info)
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9 - Species

Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing

(c) Down-facing


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

Color Pattern:

Unknown - Tell us



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the bulb's scales

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Smiths, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

Russellville, Arkansas

Arcata, California

Mountain View, California

Redwood City, California

San Leandro, California

Wellington, Colorado

Newark, Delaware

Fountain, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Chadwick, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Nashville, Indiana

Sadieville, Kentucky

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Blair, Nebraska

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Schenectady, New York

Southold, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Napoleon, Ohio

Xenia, Ohio

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Brandon, South Dakota

Copperas Cove, Texas

Johnson City, Texas

Danville, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

North Sultan, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 17, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

After several years' growth, this has reached 7' here in Boston Z6a. Without staking, it is very inclined to lean toward the light and topple. Susceptible to lily leaf beetle---it requires daily beetle patrol here.

Best in full sun growing through low early-emerging perennials, which protects the newly emerging shoot from frost and keeps the ground cool in summer. Good drainage is essential. Prefers loam with lots of organic matter.


On Apr 16, 2015, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral as a warning. This lily does not do well in z9, but a number of vendors advertise it as so.


On May 26, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

One of the few lilies that thrives in Texas heat , The bulbs are huge now after being in the ground several years . I think i will divide them next spring .


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

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ
These lilies are very popular in New Zealand, blooming around and known as the 'Christmas lily'. They are highly perfumed and less fussy than orientals; I've seen them grow in virtually any soil as long as it is mounded or well drained. They always remind me of my great grandmother, who kept a group of them beside her blackcurrants.
Be aware though, that there is an almost identical-looking variety or species with a slightly greener throat that has no scent whatsoever.
For the best number of blooms, plant in full sun as they seem more sensitive to this requirement than some other species. Very lovely and undemanding.


On Jul 9, 2007, renwings from Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Glorious Fragrance! I planted this under my bedroom window and at night the fragrance is just heavenly. Beautifully formed flowers are doing very well in my very sandy soil.

This is a new favorite!!


On Feb 14, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

During the Victorian period, European plant explorers, mostly British, tramped endlessly through the world's jungles as Plant Explorers looking for "new" species. Their exotic finds poured into Europe and the US like a flood as gardeners took one new plant after another into their hearts and into their gardens. Probably the most famous explorer was a British botanist named E. H. Wilson. He discovered so many plants in China that he ended up being nicknamed "Chinese Wilson." During the early 1900s, Dr. Wilson was recruited to the US by Boston's Arnold Arboretum, and working for them, revisited the Orient many times. On one historic occasion in Western China, he spotted a spectacular wild lily blooming in a ravine. He became so excited, he lost his footing trying to reach it, and tumbled dow... read more


On Jul 1, 2004, meadowgarden from Rockford, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have some in full sun and some in part shade. All do well. Scent wafts into entire garden


On Jul 9, 2002, Lophophora from Tokyo,
Japan wrote:

The Regal Lily is an apt name.

A fragrance that Chanel should strive for.

Easy to grow, forgiving of bad pH, overwatering, and frost. Will continually multiply by bulblets.