Species Lilium, Pyrenean Lily, Straw Coloured Turk's Cap

Lilium pyrenaicum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: pyrenaicum (py-ren-AY-kum) (Info)
Synonym:Lilium flavum
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9 - Species

Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

Smaller than than 3" (75 mm)

Color Pattern:





Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

By dividing the bulb's scales

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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:

Portland, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 3, 2016, Ancolie88 from Innsbruck,
Austria (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lilium pyrenaicum is a wonderful lily which feels happy in the rock garden here in Austria. Early in bloom and very hardy


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

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ
Though not enormously showy at first glance like an orienpet, this species lily is well worth growing if you can get hold of a bulb.
The petite flowers are thick and waxy and brilliantly yellow with shiny black ticking while the pollen is so orange it looks artificial! They seem almost alien and every time you walk past you see some new, weird detail.
The scent is dark and sinister, and while some people find it disturbing, I think it's delicious. People's reaction to them is always fascinating; some are appalled by some element of their smell or appearance, while others fall in love at first sight.
I have them planted amongst rocks with a shaded root run, which is apparently the key to keeping them happy. They don't like to be ro... read more


On Aug 10, 2006, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Origine from Pyrenees Mountains (France/Spain) and already described around 1600. In Scotland and North UK it appears sometimes locally in the wild. The stem (40 to 120 cm) is dense packed with little narrow leaves. The stem carries clusters of 6 to 10 nodding flowers, each 2 to 4 cm across, soft yellow with dark purple stripes and spots. It likes a nutritious moist but well drained soil in partial shade. Flowering: May -June.

Sow at Max. 5C (41F), germination irregular, often several months (source Tom Clothier).