Asiatic Lily 'Grand Cru'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Grand Cru
Additional cultivar information:(aka Gran Cru)
Hybridized by Vletter & denHaan
Registered or introduced: 1991
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1 - Asiatic hybrids

Flower Habit:

(a) Up-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

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

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

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

Color Pattern:




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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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:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Anchorage, Alaska

Kenai, Alaska

Broomfield, Colorado

Clifton, Colorado

Trenton, Florida

Divernon, Illinois

Virden, Illinois

Storm Lake, Iowa

Ewing, Kentucky

South China, Maine

Winchester, Massachusetts

Bay City, Michigan

Excelsior, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kearney, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Roswell, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Mercer, Pennsylvania

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Knoxville, Tennessee

Kalama, Washington

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Hartford, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 11, 2011, mountainman72 from Broomfield, CO wrote:

Entering my second year from just 10 bulbs planted last year. So far this spring I have counted 17 stalks growing with more possibly on the way! Great multiplier, blooms last a little over a week, blooms two to four times but stays green and glossy after flowering. Not especially fragrant, but adds beautiful yellow color.


On Mar 15, 2005, sybiltwo from Excelsior, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This has been a very vigerous multiplier for me in my zone 4 garden. I just love it's hot colors.


On Nov 14, 2004, KennethJoerg wrote:

In my mind one of the very best asiatic lilies available.

Contrary to many of the images uploaded for this lily, Grand Cru MUST have dark red markings at the base of the leaf with spots on the lower 25% of the petal. A solid color yellow lily is NOT grand cru.

It has upfacing bulbs and the buds are outstanding just before they open.


On Sep 30, 2003, echoes wrote:

'Gran Cru' (Grand Cru) is a yellow lily with dark rust-red brushmarks.