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Oriental Lily 'Marco Polo'


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

Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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 good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Kenai, Alaska

Hampton, Illinois

Inwood, Iowa

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Southold, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Point Roberts, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2011, mungomum from invermere,
Canada wrote:

it's a very beautiful plant. it is in its first year and is only about 12 inches high. i'm waiting to see how it does in my area (alpine, on the BC/Alberta border), and will post the results. it seems wonderfully healthy! i'm not sure if it will divide - it would be wonderful to have more than one.


On Aug 1, 2010, littlegray46 from Point Roberts, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This has been a remarkable lily in my garden. For some unknown reason, what is normally a 4-5-foot lily has become an 8-foot lily in mine. It is hardy, blooms heavily, and is a carefree lily to have. I have consulted with a lily grower in my state, and he says that sometimes a lily will find just the right spot with just the right conditiions and will do this. The stalks are like small saplings and very strong; they rarely need staking.


On Jun 25, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a stunning lily with a great fragrance. It's blooms are huge and very pretty.


On Aug 21, 2004, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

These lilies are now 5 ft. tall and are just finished blooming (Aug. 15, 2004) for the 5th year. The fragrance is overwhelming in a small room. Blooms last a long time.