Species Lilium, Dwarf Formosa Lily

Lilium formosanum var. pricei

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: formosanum var. pricei
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Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Carlsbad, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Carrollton, Georgia

Mooresville, Indiana

Pinconning, Michigan

Waynesboro, Mississippi

High Point, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 24, 2006, bloomoon from Outer Hobart,
Australia (Zone 6a) wrote:

L.formasanum has become naturalised in Coastal areas of NSW Australia. It sets lots of seed and grows in large numbers on road edges.
A striking sight to see in later Summer,when there's many in flower, but has potential to be weedy. Grows in poor acidic soil, with surrounding native bushes.. goes well in hot and humid late summer conditions. Seed releases in mid autumn.


On Jul 20, 2004, MizD from Lufkin, TX wrote:

After seeing masses of these lilies blooming along a fence row at an old house place, I ordered three bulbs two years ago. They came up last year with foliage only, and died down early. I thought I had lost them, but they are up again this year and blooming! White blooms with 'wine'-colored stripes. Don't know much about them, but if they proliferate will be an attractive addition to my daylily bed.


On Nov 23, 2003, duliticola from Longfield, Kent,
United Kingdom (Zone 8b) wrote:

My plants grow in a raised bed, without any attention from me, and have flowered each year for at least the last 5. I love the scent and the fact that they don't need any support in our windy garden. They self seed readily and flower in 2 to 3 years outside, but in about eighteen months if potted up and placed in cool greenhouse.


On Jul 31, 2002, Lophophora from Tokyo,
Japan wrote:

This is one of my favorite lilies despite its short lifespan. In my experience, plants allowed to go to seed will almost always expire after the seed is ripe. Deadheading only gives another year or so.
On the bright side, the plants will often flower in only the second year from seed, although mine tend to wait for their third year. Seed germinates readily in a sandy, well-drained mix. I keep my first year pots dry indoors or in a cold frame over winter.
The bulb is very small, and easily succumbs to overwatering. Root grubs find it attractive, so I prefer pot culture, repotting in the very early spring before above-ground growth starts.

Var. pricei is not acknowledged in The Flora of China, and may just be a horticultural selection.