Species Lilium, Easter Lily

Lilium longiflorum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: longiflorum (lon-jee-FLO-rum) (Info)
Synonym:Lilium abchasicum
Synonym:Lilium harrisii
Synonym:Lilium liukiu
Synonym:Lilium madeirense
Synonym:Lilium speciosissimum
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Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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:

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

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

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

Color Pattern:

Unknown - Tell us



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

By dividing the bulb's scales

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Montrose, Arkansas

Oak View, California

Sacramento, California

Salinas, California

Santee, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Inverness, Florida(2 reports)

Jacksonville, Florida(2 reports)

Keystone Heights, Florida

Miami, Florida(2 reports)

Orlando, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Braselton, Georgia

Canton, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Washington, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Dubuque, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Elm Grove, Louisiana

Franklin, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Edgewater, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Hemlock, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Lincoln, Nebraska

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Southold, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Yukon, Oklahoma

Hillsboro, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Collierville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Greenville, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

La Porte, Texas

Spring, Texas

Tyler, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

Wittenberg, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 10, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

these seem to be reliable perennials here, although each one produces only a few flowers. they seem to grow better following a cold winter. a neighbor has them growing on their northern side - i think this is especially important in Florida.

i read somewhere a while back, that removing the stamens, or just the anthers, can help the flowers last longer. plus they won't be stained with gold pollen (if you don't like that).


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

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ

Oddly, I have trouble with longiflorums. Maybe they need more of a sharp cold snap than we have down here to really keep them vigorous. My stalks still have not dried off from last summer and it's spring; they often rot out and just go weird, never really prospering despite the good drainage and care I give them. My other oriental and regale lilies are fine.
Wish I knew what I was doing wrong! I suspect it's viral.
Oh well.


On Jun 10, 2009, lawgal from Pikesville, MD wrote:

My neighborhood church gave me about 15 pots a few years ago after Easter was over. I planted them in the ground and now have hundreds!

Each plant sends up about 6 new babies every year. I've been digging them up, potting them and selling them.

Such a wonderful and hearty bloomer! It survives both the heat and drought we get in Maryland, and the cold winters (when we have them) just fine.


On May 29, 2009, kassy_51 from Marinette, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

My mother grew these outside in Wisconsin. Some would die out over the winter, but some would make it. The one that she had that did the best was planted by the house. Seemed to do well because the heat from the house would help it during the winter. The last year it blossomed there were about 30 blossoms on it. I will upload the last picture that I got of it.
The year my mom died, the house sat empty during the winter, heat was kept lower, so the plant died out :(


On Oct 19, 2008, eliasastro from Athens,
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very easy to grow even in poor soils.
In my area they are planted outdoors in the autumn and flower in late May.
They die down in the summer.
Light frost and snow may not affect foliage, but can cause great harm in the following blooming (the flower buds are destroyed, even before appearing).


On Apr 4, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I got some several years ago and planted them; they come up each year and bloom around August.


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

Planted this one in my sunny garden after Easter in 2002. It has bloomed the last two summers.


On Jun 2, 2004, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I do know that the lily blooms in the sun but because I have very little sun, I had to put it in the shade and they did beautifully. Of course they are leaning out to catch that glimpse of sun, but every one of them bloomed. I also get mine from church every easter. They stay in the ground and when they finish blooming slowly die back to nothing and what a surprise in the spring.


On May 22, 2004, Dan_Brown from Elm Grove, LA wrote:

I love this plant! All of my bulbs came from a nursery, my mother's cousin (I suppose that makes him my cousin as well doesn't it? LOL) runs in Springhill, LA that specializes in these and poinsettias (sp?). Any that he doesn't sell to his retail sellers after Easter he throws away and I have gotten him into the habit of saving them for me. I have some bulbs that produce 12 to 15 blooms per and they seem to multiply faithfully in this area. I love their fragrance!
Blessed, by free and faithful bulbs, Dan Brown, Elm Grove, LA


On Apr 23, 2004, TeaLeaves from mecosta, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've grown Easter Lilies in mid-Michigan for years. It is correct that they don't get as tall but mine have always put out beautiful fragrant flowers every year. After the store bought plant has finished blooming I plant it outdoors and cut it back also. More people should give it a try.


On Apr 21, 2004, dstartz from Deep South Texas, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Once the greenery dies back I unearth the bottom part of the plant, break off any roots, then place the scales in a ziplock bag with enough soil to cover them loosely. All of this goes into the refrigerator until the last month of winter. I then break off the larger scales and plant them, as well as the core holding the smaller scales, all in separate pots. It's a great way to increase your plant count quickly.


On Jun 7, 2003, sundry from Franklin, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Zone 9a, South Louisiana

I brought home three "orphans" from a local grocery store/florist in 2001 (freebies!), planted them together in a large pot on the patio, wished 'em luck and went on my way. They are perfectly happy in the full hot sun, enjoying my neglect.

This year there are 8 plants in that pot (I plan to divide them after they die back) which grew to about three feet tall and produced 6 - 8 glorious trumpets each, from May 4 to May 18.

As to the toxicity of the plant, yes, they are toxic, and not just to cats. But I've never had a cat nibble any of my lilies. My own cat, Susan, showed no interest in them at all. Our dog, Stupid, likes to munch in my gardens, but he avoids poison plants on his own, and ignores the lilies altoget... read more


On Jun 7, 2003, gabriell from Tyler, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bring home at least one each year from my church.I now have a bed full.They always bloom but not at always at Easter.This year they have just finished.I find them very hearty.


On Jun 6, 2003, KK_MEM from Collierville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Agree. We received it as a gift in March 2002 - a store bought type. After it was done blooming, I planted it in the flowerbed (full sun). Cut it to ground and it all but disappeared for the rest of 2002. Come spring 2003 and it springs back to life with full force. Grew strong than last year with multiple stems, and gave us beautiful flowers (11 total count). See 3rd and 4th photos posted above.


On Dec 31, 2002, cmlnmbs from Ashland, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

From Zone 3 in Northern Wisconsin:

Instead of throwing out Easter Lilies after Easter, we have found that it is very simple to rest them by letting them die back, and planting them in the garden in spring. Ours have multiplied and bloom every year. However, this far north they do not grow back to the same height as they do when bought from stores before Easter. Ours have choosen to grow to about 1' tall.

Hearing they are toxic to cats is news to me, because we have to keep the wild rabbits from chewing on the blossoms!

They have become a nice addition to our rock garden, and we never dig them out in the fall.


On Nov 4, 2002, dukert wrote:

All parts of Easter lilies and several other types of lilies are very poisonous to cats if injested by cats. They cause kidney failure in cats.