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Oriental Lily 'Salmon Star'


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

Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial 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:


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 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:


Arcata, California

San Jose, California

Sebastopol, California

Des Plaines, Illinois

Divernon, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hazard, Kentucky

Gardiner, Maine

Tawas City, Michigan

Bemidji, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Southold, New York

Coshocton, Ohio

Painesville, Ohio

Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 27, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Well I have trouble with Orientals. I think partly becauise I have many of them planted in full sun, in a hot area. Also, this location has alkaline soil and my understanding is Orientals prefer acid soil. With that said, Salmon Star is doing very well for me in comparison to some of the other Orientals. I planted last Spring and this is the 2nd year of multiple blooms. And I just can't describe the beauty of this flower when seen in person. If you're foolish like me and trying to grow Orientals in less than ideal conditions, this one may be worth trying.


On Feb 23, 2011, Victorine72 from Richmond, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Pleasantly surprised to discover these lilies are fairly short compared to most orientals. Tall plants of any sort often take a beating from the sprinkler heads on my irrigation system. The package that my salmon star bulbs came in stated a height of 48", but I loved the color so much I bought them anyway. So far though, my salmon stars have only reached 24" or so. I'll probably move them forward in the beds this season. The color is lovely next to blues and purples. As refreshing as a scoop of orange sherbet on a hot summer's day.