Oriental-Trumpet Lily 'Black Beauty'


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

Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 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 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

Arcata, California

La Jolla, California

San Jose, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Tallahassee, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois

Divernon, Illinois

Mackinaw, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Inwood, Iowa

Durham, Maine

South China, Maine

Ellicott City, Maryland (2 reports)

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bay City, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Natchez, Mississippi

Sparks, Nevada

Denville, New Jersey

Trenton, New Jersey

Pittsford, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Pekin, North Dakota

Yukon, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Hixson, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Bellingham, Washington

Chimacum, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 10, 2013, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:


This is a site for the Maine extension service. Their article lists Black Beauty as one of three that are relatively resistant to the Red Lily Beetle. I've wanted one anyway


On Aug 1, 2010, delil72 from Monmouth Beach, NJ wrote:

This plant is pretty but very dissapointing in the fragrance department (I'm all about fragrance with my lilies...) ... It is quite short in its first couple of years but takes on a much more stately, elegant shape as it matures. No scent whatsoever (though many sources state it is fragrant) ... I prefer my highly scented and similar colored stargazers ...


On Nov 10, 2009, MAF from Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

'Black Beauty' is a classic lily than everyone should grow. There are a couple of comments I'd like to make though regarding its description and cultivation. It should not be listed as fragrant. If you have an incredibly sensitive nose, you may detect the barest hint of fragrance after nightfall but most people detect nothing. Nor is the color what people tend to think of as fuchsia. Its a deep wine-red with a thin border of white outling the petals and a prominent green nectary. It can easily grow to over 7' tall when provided with optimal cultivation. The bulbs of this lily also divide into multiple "noses" quite quickly and are best lifted, pulled apart and spread out every 3 to 4 years. This is defintely a maintenance issue so be forwarned. However, if you don't care to lift t... read more


On Oct 24, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is just a note about saving seed from Black Beauty. Fortunately for me, one of the folks (esw) with whom I shared the sterile (unbeknownst to me) seed of this lily was knowledgeable about lilies. She looked up Black Beauty in her McCrae lily book which said that Black Beauty, although sterile in diploid form, has been used to create some gorgeous hybrids when "induced to tetraploidy".

I seem to recall reading that doubling the chromosomes of diploid seed by treating with an extract of colchicine changes them to tetraploid seeds.

To find out more about this process, the DG Lily Forum and the North American Lily Society would be good sources.

Maxine shared with me that one good way to ascertain whether a lily seed is viable or sterile is ... read more


On Oct 26, 2006, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very pretty lily. It's doing well in z4. Planted in full sun.


On Aug 17, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is another of my 2006 garden additions having arrived here on May 6, 2006 and planted the same day. I ordered two bulbs (one for back-up) and planted them about 12" apart. Both grew well beyond my expectations to approximately 40"; and both bloomed beautifully with at least 6-8 buds per stem! That is remarkable in itself. The stems were strong enough, I did not need to stake them even though they were a little top-heavy. This was one of those 'investments' in gardening that paid big dividends: Simply gorgeous!


On Jun 25, 2006, keyi from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very hardy bulb in my garden, producing tall, strong stems with lots of beautiful, downward facing flowers. One bulb gets morning sun and the flowers have larger green throats than the bulb that gets all day sun. The all day sun bulb flowers are slightly larger though.


On Jan 4, 2006, samting from Pekin, ND wrote:

I garden in Z 3B--Black Beauty blooms beautifully and multiplies quickly in this tough climate. I plant deeply (8 inches) and amend the soil with peat moss and coarse sand to insure good drainage.


On Oct 17, 2005, tyshee from Kenai, AK wrote:

Did very well for a year old plant. Created two bloom stalks with the smaller stock producing the best flowers. Grown with mulch, under the eaves of south side of home, staked, mulched and amended soil with frequent watering to prevent drying. In very rapid well draining soil.


On Aug 9, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

A hybrid of Lilium speciosum rubrum X L. henryi (Orienpet type, ca. 1957 from Leslie Woodriff). Great flowers in July, comes back bigger and better every year.


On Jul 23, 2005, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A vigorous and beautiful heirloom Lily to have in one's garden!


On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Black Beauty' can reach 7 feet when happy--mine only run to 5 feet. This lily is very vigorous, fragrant, and should be considered by any fan of Oriental Lilies. Deep burgundy-red flowers.